Vs. 2, “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” While these instructions deal with a missionary offerings, the principles apply to Christian giving in general. A church member owes it to the Lord and to his church to bring his or her tithes and offerings to the church. In fact, a church member who has the capacity to give, but does not…is stealing from the Lord! Our lives, our money, our possessions have never been ours…it belongs to the Lord. Therefore, we must give what we have and give it freely! Tithing was a practice that was done even before the LAW came, so this is not a matter of legalism.
Regarding application…Changing Leaders. Vs. 10, “If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am.” Its never easy having change and especially change in leadership. But we must embrace new leaders and realize they are carrying on the work of the Lord. Even our own church at CTC lost one of our paid staff recently. Let’s ensure that we cherish the time we have with each other. The passing of the torch will come in all of our lives. Paul showed his love by making sure there would be shepherds to take over the flocks!