Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Freely Give, Freely Receive

Freely Give, Freely Receive

“Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.” ~Deuteronomy 16:16

God commanded the men of Israel to come before Him three times a year for these feasts. Each one of the feasts was set up for the people to remember God—remember His provision, remember His deliverance and remember His holiness. God was the heart of Israel, and Israel was His chosen people.

Not only were they to come before God three times a year, but notice, they were not to come before the Lord empty-handed. They were supposed to bring something to the Lord that cost them, never come empty-handed.

Today, we do not celebrate the feasts, but God wants us to come before Him daily. He desires a relationship with us where we recognize His provision, His deliverance and His holiness. When we do not spend time with God, we often forget these things. We sometimes take God and His provision for granted.

When you think of the great gift of salvation God gave us, through the death of His Son on the cross, is it hard to give God something of worth? Is the grace of God and His unending mercy of no value to us? Would we not give all we had to obtain His love, grace and mercy, if it had a price tag? God gladly gives to us freely, and freely we should give to God.

Grace does not make giving optional.
~Charles Caldwell Ryrie~

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