Over and above giving can only mean over and above living. AMEN! As I was listening to our pastor back home in LA, this weekend, he showed us this scripture. One thing I love about this pastor is he always makes sure you know how to get blessed and stay blessed. He doesn't cheat you out of your blessings by not sharing what God says about giving. AMEN!
Some pastors use offering time as being all about just giving because it is your obligation. Though it may be that God does tell us to give, He tells us to give so that He may be able to get your blessings back to you. AMEN!
The verse that was used this past weekend was from 1 Chron. a story about David and his over and beyond giving.
1 Chron. 29 v 3.....moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver....
Because David set his affection on the church of his God. In other words He was so dedicated to the house of the LORD, (the church) that he wanted to bless God with more than just the norm, he wanted to bless the house of the LORD with over and above measures. He was willing to give more than what was required, he wanted to take some out of his play money and give to the church. AMEN!
But he was not the only one in the church who felt that way. Look at verse 6.
1 Chron. 29 v 6...Then the leaders of the father's houses, leaders of the tribes of Israel, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the officers over the king's work, offered WILLINGLY.....
In other words the people of the church gave as willingly as David. They may not have had as much as David to give, but they had the same heart to give. AMEN!
Pastor said something like this, never be ashamed of your over and above giving, never compare what you give with what someone else may be able to give. When you are giving over and above, and your over and above is $20, and someone else is giving over and above and their giving is $1000, it may not be equal amounts given but it is equal sacrifice. And that is what God looks at. Everyone will not always have an equal amount to give, but everyone can have an equal sacrifice to give. AMEN!
I hope your pastor makes a point to teach you each week about giving. I hope that you are not being cheated out of your blessings because you have not been told what the word says about giving. I hope you do not just give out of conviction of the law but that you give expecting to receive all the blessings God has for you. AMEN! Remember offering time, is a time of worship. It is not a time for paying another monthly bill that is due. This is a time when we worship God with what He has blessed us with, so that we may bless others. AMEN!
Let's go over and above with our giving back unto Him who gave so much unto us. AMEN!
Stay in the WORD!