For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Hebrews 5:1
Another major core function of the priest is to offer gifts to God. Under the Old Testament, the people of Israel will bring the animals to the tabernacle and hand them over to the Priest who goes ahead to prepare them and sacrifice them in line with the commandments of God.
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: And the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord…/ and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord Lev 1:1-9,17
From the above scripture you see that the offering was to be accepted by the Priests and offered at the altar on behalf of the giver unto God.
Today however, the blood of Jesus has given us all access, we can boldly come before the altar here on earth and the throne of grace in heaven which is the altar in heaven where Jesus our High Priest functions. This access makes it possible for us to come to God’s altar here on earth and offer our gifts to God.
As a Priest, you must always saturate the altar of God not just with your incense of worship but with your gifts and sacrifice. God expressly commanded that none should appear before Him empty. Each year every man in Israel must celebrate these three festivals: the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Harvest, and the Festival of Shelters. On each of these occasions, all men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he chooses, but they must not appear before the LORD without a gift for him. Deut 16:16 NLT
Your gift shows God where your heart lies. If you are struggling to give to God what He has given you, your attachment to that thing is rivaling your love for God. The sacrifice of Jesus gives us all equal and tremendous power with God but the quality and frequency of your own sacrifice on your God’s altar is one of the determinants of how much of that power will get to flow through you.
Like Cornelius, you must ensure that heaven does not just have a record of your prayers, let your giving also be a memorial before God and you will have power with God and with men. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. Acts 10:4
Make a fresh commitment to become an ardent giver in the house of God and to His cause.
Father make me a channel for your material blessings here on earth.
Pray for the supply of resources needed for the Teens Summit and the Women Convention all over the ministry.
Pray for the forthcoming UK convention with Pastor David Ogbueli; that there will be a mighty move of God and the demonstration of His power and glory like never before.