In biblical Israel there were different kinds of offerings. Besides five main offerings – burnt, grain, fellowship, sin, and guilt – Israel was to give specific offerings, including the trespass, peace, fellowship, freewill, wave, heave, thank, consecration, dedication and memorial offerings, as well as offerings for the poor. Similarly, we bring different offerings to the Lord and each kind of offering has significance to our worship and response to Him.
Our giving is not a religious duty but originates instead in the heart, a response to His love expressing honor for Him in a specific way. With the same measure of heart that we communicate with Him through our giving, the Lord directs other men and circumstances on our behalf. Not legalistically or religiously, but rather as a spiritual expression of what we believe about the Lord’s giving to us, and ours to Him.
You can make a decisive heart commitment that starting now and moving forward, concerning your money and all you plan to do with it, to ask God and listen to what He tells you. Your giving is between you and your Lord, a higher spiritual expression than mere record keeping or impressions given. The privilege of giving is God’s idea — holy and special and completely beyond anything we could imagine.
Give and it shall be given to you.