Pastor Tim Romero
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Deuteronomy 16:16–17 (ESV): 16 "Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths. They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you."
Worship is meant to be a sacrifice to the Lord. We should never show up empty-handed but come with our gifts to the Lord ready to lay them down as an act of worship before Him.
The Lord told Moses that every male was required to attend three gatherings a year, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Booths. Everyone was to bring something to offer God. In any culture bringing a gift to a gathering is a sign of honor and in this context, it is a sign of humility and full surrender to God. You were to bring your first fruits to Him, nothing more, nothing less.
So often we gather before our great King with hands empty and open ready to receive. Our coming together is a means of offering before the Lord. We should come with a gift before Him. It should be financial but not solely for He should get something out of every aspect of our lives time, talents and finances. He alone is worthy of this.
Satan has done a great job of robbing God of His due by making the emphasis in many churches all about money. True worshippers give because they get to give not because they are forced to. Give generously and faithfully with joy not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7). Don't come empty-handed, and don't come with second best, come with something to offer Him and may it be of the first fruits of your time, talents and finances for He deserves nothing less.
Father, we thank You for not coming to us empty-handed, with no offer to save us. You came with Your Son, Your one and only Son. Far be it from us to then show up empty-handed before You with nothing to offer. Forgive us for withholding from You. May our worship come from a place of true sacrifice as Your offering did. May we give because we get to not because we have to. Change our hearts to resemble that of Yours for You gave all to us, may we do the same in Jesus' name, amen.