I can remember being young and in a small Baptist church in Atlanta, most of the people were much older. A lot of them were sick, they had had their share of problems, but they were not as knowledgeable of the Word as they should have been or could have been, and maybe they were just doing their best.
I felt a little funny teaching Sunday School, not to people my own age, I was seventeen, but to women in their 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s. I felt inadequate aside from the age difference, these were people who could be teaching me and here I was teaching them about Jesus. Looking back, I see His sense of humor there, but I didn’t see myself like He was with the sages. But I always tried to follow Him, and one blessed old soul, Nannie, gave me my first book about angels. And now I have dozens.
I remember that on occasion, some people would wander in with a sad story, and the pastor would take up a love offering, and sometimes for visiting pastors. I even saw a couple turned away as they were con artists going from church to church and someone was wise to them.
But what really is a love offering? It is not the little things we do for the people we love or even to help out someone, those stem from the love of Jesus in us, and He is the true love offering and He wants us to know that. 1 Corinthians 13, is all about Him, ” though I give my body to be burned” refers to Him, He went to hell to retrieve the keys for us.
Jesus was our once and for all time offering if we are believers and we have to realize the eternal and deep love it took for God to give Him and why we even have the ability to love in the natural and the capability to love in the supernatural agape love of God. He is the love offering above all love offerings.
I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6
And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law Mark 12:33, a scribe speaking to Jesus who says He is not far from heaven.
So it is heaven on earth if we can love like that, but a lot of people will not reciprocate. Often, it is one person who is more loving, forgiving, and even sacrificing. I know, I have been there and had the Spirit lead me out of it. While we would like everyone to know and receive His love and reciprocate, they don’t, or at least not agape. Still, we are to offer love, and it is up to the other person to accept or not, if they fail to recognize Jesus as Lord, at least we have done our part, God knows, Jesus was rejected, He certainly knows and the Spirit will guide us as to situations in our daily walk.
It is great to know there is someone you can count on or confide in, borrow a few dollars from. But Jesus is our best friend of all, and He longs for us to know and receive His love, we can always count on Him, confide in Him, and He will prosper us. While friends might love and pray for you, they can’t save you or heal you or even drag your from despair or the pit of hell like He can.
So next time you hear the term love offering or help out a friend or someone in need, remember this about Jesus, the perfect love offering, and our verse and visual.
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. Ephesians 5:2
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