“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
There aren’t many cowboys in Albuquerque. We don’t have very many farmers at Montgomery, either. Most of us don’t work in these career fields. And we don’t work the fields, either.
But thousands of years ago, that’s how most people made their living. They raised cows and sheep. They planted seeds and harvested crops. And when they made offerings, they gave the first fruits of what they grew or raised.
In the book of Genesis, we learn about the first time that an offering was made to God. Abel brought the firstborn of the sheep that he raised. And he is commended for bringing what was pleasing to God.
Abel gave the first fruits of his work to God. Because God came first.
We believe that everything we have comes from God. It’s all His—so when we give back to Him, it’s not because He is in need. Instead, giving helps us to remember that God comes first. Everything else is second.
God didn’t need Abel’s sheep thousands of years ago. And God doesn’t need a check or dollar bill from us today.
As Christians, giving is not about the gift; it’s about the heart. As we give the first part of our earnings to God, we are reminding ourselves to put God first. And when we do that, our lives our transformed. Our lives reflect the creator.
So if you’re a cowboy, feel free to give a cow. If you raise sheep, it’s OK to offer a newborn sheep to God. But if you’re like us at Montgomery, you get paid in dollars and cents. And as people who follow Jesus, we give the first parts of our earnings to Him. Not because He needs it. But because he comes first.
Checks can be made out to 'The Montgomery Church of Christ" and placed in the offering tray on Sundays or mail your offering to the church office.