Day 59: Rest & Atonement  

February 28th, 2014
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Leviticus 22:17-23:44
Mark 9:30-10:12
Psalm 44:1-8
Proverbs 10:19
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

…you shall offer of your own free will a male without blemish from the cattle, from the sheep, or from the goats. – Lev 22:19

We see two requirements for every offering.

First, our offerings must be voluntary (“own free will,” v 19). An offering that is forced is not an offering; it is a payment. God will never force you to give, and your church leaders shouldn’t either (note: I DO believe in the tithe)! If we love God because we are forced to, we are slaves; but when we love God because we choose to, we become servants!

Second, we must give God our best (“without blemish,” v 19). If your offering doesn’t move you, it will not move God. God has already given you the best He has to offer. He sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross in your place! The least we can do is honor Him with our best in return.

When every offering you give God is voluntary, and every gift comes from the best you have to give, your life will be transformed. You will learn to love God more than anything or anyone else in your life! And when God can trust you to make good choices with everything He has given you to steward, He will cause you to be steward over that much more!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for trusting me with Your heavenly resources. I give to honor You! I will give You my best!

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