Leviticus 22:29 “When you sacrifice a thanks offering to the Lord, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf."
When you study the Scriptures carefully, you will see the congruence between the old and the new covenants. Christ is the cornerstone of the Old and New Covenants bringing that congruence.
This scripture here in Leviticus, reveals the eternal principle of thanksgiving.
Even though under the Law there were specific directions about what to bring and how much to bring, it still had to be brought with the right heart attitude of thanksgiving. You could not turn up with cart-loads of first-born lambs, goats, and grain and sacrifice them on the altar whilst doing it with a glum and miserable look on your face.
And nothing has changed in a few thousand years.
In 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, it says: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Paul says what you reap through the harvests of your employment, investments, relationships, health and attitudes in life, will be in proportion to what you have sown (or given).
He then says “decide what to bring before the Lord in your heart”. Don’t look at what others are deciding so you can match them, so you don’t look bad or you can feel justified in giving less. No, decide in the privacy of your heart based on what the Lord has blessed you with.
Then Paul says,“for God loves a cheerful giver”.
This is what a true “thanksgiving offering” is. It is not just clapping, praising and shouting thanks unto the Lord. It is bringing something tangible, of substance in your hands to give to the Lord with a heart full of cheerfulness. You are thankful for what the Lord has supplied you with.
The Lord makes a promise; He will bless you abundantly or make all grace abound to you… so that in ALL things, at ALL times, having ALL that you need, you will abound in EVERY good work.
What a great promise of provision in the Scriptures. Acting upon it, demonstrates faith in it.
May the Lord’s great promise of abundant, abounding grace richly come upon you as you cheerfully bring offerings to Him with thanksgiving in your heart.