There is no denying the power of an offering. Victories and defeats depend on the faith of each person, this is, the surrender of each person. Sports games, for example, are won with the players’ effort, performance and dedication. Anyone that enters a match, and does not believe in themselves 100%, will lose.
The Bible speaks of this total surrender (offering). Those who submitted to this faith have become heroes of the faith.
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth….Hebrews 11.33-38
The heroes of faith were not born heroes. They became heroes because they learned to sacrifice for what they truly wanted. They were fearless, courageous and, above all, sincere. Their lives were a living offering on the Altar of God because they exchanged their dreams and personal plans for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The offering represents the life of the offering giver on the Altar. It has always been, is, and always will be the materialization of faith, belief and dependence on God. It is impossible to manifest this faith without giving an offering.
The offering also serves as witness to whether the offering giver’s faith is sincere or not. How do you know if the offering giver is sincere? God knows, however, His righteousness demands a witness for Judgment Day.
On the other hand, the offering is voluntary. Only those believe will give. Even so, God isn’t pleased, nor does He accept just any offering. It has to be pure, sincere and given wholeheartedly. Otherwise, it will be rejected.
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had. Luke 21.1-4
The widow’s offering was a witness of the quality of her faith because she was completely dependent on Him. The rich men’s offerings testified otherwise because it was what they had left over. The widow caught the attention of the Lord Jesus who used her example to teach the disciples the kind of offering that pleases God. But the offering of the rich men testified against them and was rejected.
The same was true with the offerings of Cain and Abel. Cain’s offering testified against him and was rejected; Abel’s offering testified in his favor, and served as a testimony (of God) that he was righteous.
By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. Hebrews 11.4
I believe this was the reason the Lord Jesus taught:
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.Luke 6.38 Luke 21.1-4