Asking and Offering

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it. So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.    Genesis 18:6-8

Abraham was a great man; wealthy and powerful.  His possessions were so great that he and his nephew Lot had to split up, because the land could not support them both in one place.  As we know, Lot went toward Sodom, the better part of those plains.

In this light, something caught my eye in these verses.  That he simply stood by them as they ate.

Abraham voluntarily took the role of a lowly servant to the three men who had come to his camp.  Those three men represented the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  At ninety-nine years old, Abraham hurried to Sarah to have her make some cakes.  He ran to the herd and selected a young calf on his own to be sure it was the best and had one of his servants prepare it.

Then, after all that effort, he simply stood by, patiently waiting for them to eat and be satisfied.  He still hadn’t eaten or drank himself.  Abraham asked for nothing.  He simply offered his service to God.

What do you and I do with that account today?  How do we interact with God?

We tend to be “askers” more than “offerers.”  God is often placed on a shelf until needed.  He’s our universal Vending Machine where we push our prayers into the slot and hope, maybe even expect, to get what we “paid for.”

How often do we offer anything to God?  Perhaps we dutifully drop our monetary offerings in the plate at church…like paying a bill.  We might even do it grudgingly.  Is it really an offering, submitted with the humility of a lowly servant?

It strikes me that an offering is a request of sorts – “Will you please take this from me?  I’m offering it to You.”

A prayer I pray too seldom is a request and offering together – “God, please use me in your kingdom as you see fit.  Guide me to use my talents for the glory of Your kingdom.”

Make no mistake; God, our Father, wants us to come to Him with the needs and wants of our hearts just as we want our own children to do.  I’m not trying to discourage asking.

I’m encouraging offerings of any type.  For me, writing this blog is my offering to God.  I thank Him for what He gives me to write, and I pray He uses it for His purposes.  Please.

Other offerings might be gathering your courage to share your faith with someone.  It might be gathering the courage to take a moral stand on an issue because of your faith and letting that action be a witness to God.  It might be trying to be part of your community with something as simple as holding the door for someone, letting another driver in your lane, or complimenting a parent on their child’s good behavior.

Everything you do because of your faith is an offering to God!  Let us all be motivated by His love and Jesus’ saving sacrifice to be conscious of making offerings to Him every day, doing things for the glory of His kingdom!

3 thoughts on “Asking and Offering

  1. I, for one, am blessed by your blog offerings, brother! Like the idea you shared today: “Everything we do can be an offering to God.” Your thoughts about Abraham are also powerful. Maybe we need to do more “standing by” while others eat what we’ve prepared. Duh! Everything isn’t always about us! Blessings.

    • Reminds me of an article I wrote years ago, “Sometimes a Star” where I likened life to a movie. Sometimes we’re the star of a scene, but we’re usually just an extra supporting others. I am blessed to know that what I do is useful to others and to God’s purposes! Thank you for your encouragement! BTW – My pastor REALLY liked our song! I told him to use it anytime he likes!

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