Making The Contribution a Time of True Worship
"But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this?
For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given you."
-David, after the collection to build the temple, in 1 Chronicles 29:14
I confess that the contribution part of the worship service hasn’t always been a time of meaningful worship for me. More often than not, I subconsciously feel like it is a breather time that follows the Lord’s Supper before we get back to singing. In fact, we often make an explicit statement to remind people that the contribution of giving is separate from the Lord’s Supper, which might have the unintended side effect of making us think that the “reflection” time is over, and that thus that there is nothing meaningful to think about during the time of giving to God. But that certainly wasn't the case with David in the above verse, who takes the time of giving as a time of prayer and meaningful worship. In fact, 1 Chronicles 29:9 says "they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart." I'm ashamed to say my whole heart isn't always there when I'm putting my check in the collection plate.