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WASTED OFFERINGS BY
Dr Ferdinand Nweke
2014 by Ferdinand Nweke
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Attention, beloved believer. Your offerings to the Lord are under attack.
Since you love the Lord and His Kingdom, you must have been giving offerings. We believe they
cost you something. After "paying" your tithes and seeing what is left for you, your family and other
dependants to live on, you decide in your love for the Lord and in view of the stated need to squeeze
yourself a little more to commit your precious, sacrificial offering to the Lord. Even if you have
overflowing abundance, you still do not want to throw away your money. Any serious-minded
person would want his offerings to go to what they gave it for, to affect the eternal destiny of as
many persons as possible through the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
However, a sad situation exists today in the Church: much of the offerings of Gods people are
being wasted on vanity. Most offerings are given sacrificially, not out of abundance, by people who
sincerely want to see Gods kingdom advanced on earth through the salvation of the lost. But many
trustees of these monies are squandering them on frivolous things that are of no eternal
consequence, and kingdom treasurers must do something about it. What a dreadful day it will be
when we stand before God to give account of our lives. Imagine preachers being asked to explain, in
eternity, before God and His holy angels, and before the twenty four elders and saints who
sacrificed all in their time, why they misappropriated the offerings of diligent and indigent believers.
While I am persuaded that God will eventually call all to account, and that poor and posh preachers
alike will eventually explain their expenditures at the judgment seat of Christ, I want to be wise. All
trustees of kingdom resources must manage their trust in the best way possible to advance the
interests of their King. So as much as it depends on me, I will make sure that the last cent or kobo
of my offering does not get into the hand of anybody who will waste it. We must be profit conscious
in the deployment of kingdom resources. We must ask, where will my money make the most
strategic impact for the kingdom? Where can this $100 or N1000 help inflict maximum damage on
the kingdom of darkness? Where can this money help ensure that the people who sit in darkness will
see a great light?
An Ancient Pattern
Once upon a time, a king of Israel who loved the Lord came to the throne, and noticed that there
was work to be done on the temple. The temple had been neglected and dilapidated in Israel's
preceding years of idolatry. So as soon as King Jehoash (or Joash) sat enthroned, he treated the
temple as a priority project, and handed the project over to those he believed were in the best
position to execute it.
And Jehoash said to the priests, "All the money of the dedicated gifts that are brought into the house of the
Lord each man's census money, each man's assessment money and all the money that a man purposes in
his heart to bring into the house of the Lord (i.e. offerings), let the priests take it themselves, each from his
constituency; and let them repair the damages of the temple, wherever any dilapidation is
Joash instructed the priests: "Take the money that is brought into The Temple of GOD for holy offerings
both mandatory offerings and freewill offerings and, keeping a careful accounting, use them to
renovate The Temple wherever it has fallen into disrepair." TM
The priests were to collect the offerings and to use them to repair the damages and dilapidations
(KJV: breaches) in the house of the Lord. The priests were not to use the money on themselves or
on their fancies or to purchase things with which to compete with unbelievers. They were not to use
the money to attire themselves or change their uniforms so as to prove that God is good or that the
God they served was not a poor God. No! The temple, God's own temple, the cornerstone of their
worship of Yahweh, was damaged and dilapidated and needed to be repaired. The offerings of
Gods people were to be used to effect these repairs so that the temple of the Lord might again be
glorious, the centre of attraction that it had been for centuries before then.
Verse 6 of the text contains the shocker:
But in the twenty-third year of Jehoashs reign, the priests still had not made any repairs to the temple
(Good News Bible).
But by the twenty-third year of Joash's rule, the priests hadn't done one thing The Temple was as
dilapidated as ever (The Message).
Remarkable! These holy priests ancient trustees of kingdom resources collected mandatory,
"special", and freewill offerings for twenty-three years and yet did not spend a dime of it on the temple.
God's Temple remained as dilapidated as ever! What happened to all the offerings for twenty-three
years? How much was the total sum? Can you quantify the offerings of a nation for 23 years? Imagine
everyone in your country giving both mandatory and freewill offerings for 23 years! What of the
widow who had starved herself and her family in her zeal to give for the work of the temple of the
Lord? What happened to her money? Where was her money reflected on the temple? A priest
collected her money on the pretence of repairing the temple and then spent it on himself. This is an
amazing picture of events in our day.
Misappropriating Sacred Funds
King Jehoash asked them, Why havent you done anything about the temple? Now dont use any more
money for your own needs; from now on, it must all be spent on getting the temple into good condition Verse
7, Living Bible.
King Joash called Jehoiada the priest and the company of priests and said, "Why haven't you
renovated this sorry-looking Temple? You are forbidden to take any more money for Temple
repairs from now on, hand over everything you get." The Message
Notice the priests didn't deny the charge of spending all the money on their own needs. They were
guilty of misappropriating sacred funds. There was a "sorry-looking temple" that needed urgent
attention. It was where they worked; they saw it every day. The need was right before them, but their
own concerns were their priority. Their belly was their god. And worst of all, they kept collecting the
offerings on the pretext that it was for repairing the dilapidated temple. This event in ancient Israel is a scary,
prophetic pointer to our present situation.
Watch those who had been collecting your offerings. You should be concerned, even if you have
tons of cash. Since you and others have been giving these two or three special or break through
offerings every week, has any work been done on the temple? By temple we do not first of all mean
physical buildings. While we do need places of worship, it must be kept in mind that our God does
not live in temples made with human hands. He lives in living temples believers, and desires to
take over prospective temples presently occupied by sin and darkness.
A Sorry-Looking Temple
So, has any work been done on the temple? Are God's temples cleaner, holier, more set apart for
His exclusive habitation? Has any missionary been sent from your church to reach those who have
never heard the name of Jesus? Are there new temples being saved and washed for God to dwell in?
What about the homeless, widows, orphans and drug addicts who contribute significantly to the
sorry look of the temple? These are breaches in the temple dilapidated lives, with broken hearts
and hopes, sorry-looking sinners partying and socializing down the broad way to destruction. And
there are more breaches in the body of Christ. There are sinners in Zion gaping holes in God's
holy temple who bring reproach to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by how they live, while
holding the truth in unrighteousness. There is a younger generation who live on cyberspace,
occupied with social media, and possessed with visions of the flesh and the world. What has been
done about these?
Why have the priests not repaired this sorry-looking temple? With all the money available to the
Church in our nation, why have the "priests" not taken the gospel to those who have never heard it,
some of who live a few hours' drive from our city centres? No wonder some priests like to have
their churches in town where they can collect more offerings without attending to the breaches!
Has your Pastor or Bishop been spending the offerings on himself, on exquisite cars, bigger houses,
designer clothes or for gourmet food in five-star hotels? Are these the reasons you gave offerings?
You gave because they told you there were damages to be repaired in the temple that there was
some need in God's house. But are these the breaches you gave him your tithes and life savings to
repair? Or is someone pulling wool over our eyes with covetousness, materialism and pursuit of