SUNDAY, JUNE 8
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:1-3
1 Corinthians 16:1-3 says, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.” Again, we see the Greek word thay-sow-rid-zo in verse 2, where thay-sow-rid-zo is translated “lay something aside” and means ‘To store up.’ We are beginning to find that this word is consistently used in the New Testament as ‘To store up, to treasure or to make deposits.’ It is obvious from its usage that in Matthew 6 where Jesus said to make those deposits in Heaven, we know assuredly that when we have made those deposits, we are also expected to live by making withdrawals. We are called to pray for specific withdrawals concerning our needs, as they relate to God’s purpose for the Kingdom. If we have been making deposits for years, and they are multiplied, as Scripture says they are, then we certainly should be willing to make substantial withdrawals, as led by the Spirit. But our withdrawals have to be made by faith. Once we choose to pursue this realm by faith, then half the battle is won!