1 Corinthians 16:1-4
16 Now I want to deal with the offering of money for God’s people. Do what I told the churches in Galatia to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each of you should put some money away. The amount should be in keeping with how much money you make. Save the money so that you won’t have to take up an offering when I come. 3 When I arrive, I will send some people with your gift to Jerusalem. They will be people you consider to be good. And I will give them letters that explain who they are. 4 If it seems good for me to go also, they will go with me.
Paul gives some very practical advise on giving. A financial gift is being sent to the saints in Jerusalem who are in need. Paul advises to put a little aside from what they earn each week, this way the gift will be larger than if they give only what they can spare on the day that the collection is taken, it is also giving them a focus outside their own needs – to give to other Saints.
This is smart advise, I actually feel better about giving when I can give more rather then less, this also gives me a focus outside my own need and that of my local church – to give to other Saints that are in need.
Father thank you that your heart has always been generosity, a characteristic that we are also to inherit and pass on. I pray that I would always be ready to give and not be caught short, when needs arise.
Written by Suzie Hodgson