Monday, November 14, 2016

If thou knewest the gift of God


When Jesus was talking to the Samaritan women at the well He made a statement, “If thou knewest the gift of God”.

[Jhn 4:10 KJV Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Just this story alone tells you how powerful and how to get, the gift of God. I’m going to break up the verses with some points.

Jhn 4:1-43 KJV 1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

The gift of God will reach down to people where they are at.  

5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

This is a One on one conversation.

9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

God will come in the least expected way. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

When you have a preconceived idea of where deliverance is coming, you question faith, instead of having faith in the answer.

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Then you question the source. It's hard to see God when darkness is all around. But He is still sending people. 

13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

When faith is ready, it’s asks for the gift of God. But…there’s always a but.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
Truth is going to come forth. Things you need to admit guilt to and how you answer them, determines the delivery of the gift.

19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

Her answers told Him that she acknowledged His knowledge of her but still without the full assurance of who He was. Did He hear rumors of her??? But it wasn’t a disrespectful or blunt rebellion of being told of the things she is guilty of; but questioning of Who He was. To which He then answered very plainly.

Did you miss the gift of God? In the Old Testament Jesus had to use natural things to explain the spiritual things. The Holy Ghost is the gift of God. When you receive it, you understand plainly Who God is.

27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

Seemingly interruptions can be great blessings. When things to go exactly like we plan, doesn’t mean they are not in the plans. It means “wait” on Jesus. She became a servant, a waiter and told all.

30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

When you receive the Holy Ghost, you see the harvest and you want all to come and see what you now have. That’s why new converts tend to bring in more new converts. They just received the gift of God. (going back to the natural, when you first get a gift you are excited and tell / show people; after a while the newness wears off and it’s a once and a while “oh so and so gave me this”.) Time to get back to your first love and newness of receiving the gift that many never get past the Truth to receive.

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his own word; 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. 43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.

When it comes to the gift of God, you have to believe on Him for yourself, not just off someone else’s word. You will either, not get the gift and walk away or you’ll think it’s something it’s not.

[Act 8:20 KJV But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.]

The Holy Ghost wasn’t just given to the Apostles, but started to be poured out on the day of Pentecost. 120 in the upper-room (including Mary the mother of Jesus) were filled with the Holy Ghost, then 3000 people that received the word. All of which spoke in tongues like the Apostles did, signifying the “wind blowing” that Jesus referred to in John 3 when He told Nicodemus that’s how all who are born again will happen. When you get it, it’ll change your world and you’ll be a testimony of living water.

[Rom 6:23 KJV 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.]
Without the gift of God, you don’t have eternal life.
[Eph 2:8 KJV 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:]
When you receive the Holy Ghost, God’s grace is now on your life. This Samaritan women had to reach out in faith according to what Jesus was saying to her and draw from Him. As an Old Testament story, it all reflects on what is still needed today to receive the gift of God, the Holy Ghost. OT story… Yes, New Testament writer, Old Testament book.

If thou knewest the gift of God was the Holy Ghost that is going to be poured out to all who will come and draw from Me. It’s life changing and gives you a testimony to share with others that they too may come to the well. If you’ve had for a while, stir it up and be renewed with that the living water of God.

[2Ti 1:6 KJV Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.]


Submitted by: Tina Marie

Responsibility of those that are numbered

The children of Israel were ordered to be numbered; they were to give an offering for
The atonement of their souls. If they did not offer this half shekel for the service of the tabernacle, God considered them worthy of incurring a plague.

  • This offering and support of the tabernacle of the congregation was to be considered by God as a memorial of the children of Israel before the Lord.
  • A memorial for the children of Israel before the Lord: who remembers the support of his people toward God and the priesthood.
  • The shekel was 11.4 oz in weight. A half shekel would have then been: 5.7 oz.

Ex 30:12-16
12 when thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the Lord, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.
13 this they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the Lord.
14 every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the Lord.
15 the rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the Lord, to make an atonement for your souls.
16 and thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the Lord, to make an atonement for your souls.

This numbering was an abomination to Joab: Why? Because he did not want the wrath of God on those who would not offer their offering of atonement for the soul.

  • He felt like there was enough money already to build the temple.
  • But David was provoked by the number in Israel who refused to give
  • David knew this commandment (in Ex 30:12-16) the half shekel is required of all those who were numbered in Israel.
  • Joab’s view: are they not all thy servants? David, why cause the trespass to come upon them not offering the atonement for themselves to God for the building of the temple.
  • David had taken the spoil from the victories over his enemies and had provided nearly all that was needed for the building of the temple.
Now, was God in error to smite those who refused to offer a small half shekel for their soul and the building of the temple: No! A thousand times no! The principal of giving is Gods and the offering withheld reflected a flaw in David’s followers.

1 Chron 21:1-8
1 and satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
2 and David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, go, number Israel from Beer-Sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.
3 and Joab answered, the Lord make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my Lord the king, are they not all my Lord's servants? Why then doth my Lord require this thing? Why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?
4 nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
5 and Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
6 but Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.
7 and God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
8 and David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

Seven thousand who did not give and could have given, because the amount was so minimal.

  • This implicates basic service to the Lord
  • An offering from each individual in support of the work of God
  • They were there, but they refused to participate in the minimal offering.
    • A. For whatever reason it may have been.
    • B. It was not a good enough reason not to give an offering for ones own soul.
1 Chron 21:12-14
12 either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the Lord, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that sent me.
13 and David said unto gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the Lord; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.
14 so the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

David realizing what he had done was now desirous to retract his command, Why? Joab was right. David must have been aggravated with those who were willing to be his servants, but not in subjection to God with their offering.

God chose a threshing place to end the pestilence. The place where chaff is separated from the good grain. The answer to this whole dilemma is having the evil threshed away, keeping the good.

  • So those notions we get, those lapses in awareness, those moments when we do not want to offer ourselves in service that costs us anything.
  • David makes this principal very plain: in that he makes this statement to Ornah after he was instructed to offer God a sacrifice at this threshing place.

2 Sam 24:16
16 and when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, it is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.
 
This is the sin of David: he allowed people to serve with him at no cost.
David considered buying threshing place an absolute. Shall I offer as some of the people were doing; a sacrifice which has cost me nothing? No! I will purchase the threshing floor and the oxen.  David offered and the Lord was entreated by the offering and the sacrifice.

Those that perished were under David, in Gods service, yet did not make the offering for the soul as required if they were numbered. David knew this and so did Joab.

2 Sam 24:22-25
22 and Araunah said unto David, let my Lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
23 all these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, the Lord thy God accept thee.
24 and the king said unto Araunah, nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
25 and David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.

Ephron offered Abraham the field of Macpelah for nothing. If thou wilt give it: the land is worth 400 shekels. Abraham weighed to him 400 shekels of silver...
Abraham would not bury his dead there until he knew the field was indisputably his own. A proof that he had purchased the field to bury his dead. This is the picture of the gospel message and the land it offers.
If the purchasing of the gospel is not purchased by our own giving of ourselves, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service; then the land really does not belong to us to bury our dead (old man) here.

Gen 23:11-18
11 Nay, my Lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
12 and Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.
13 and he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, but if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
14 and Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
15 my Lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? Bury therefore thy dead.
16 and Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
17 and the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure
18 unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.

Is this land worth the offering of yourself as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God? Which is your reasonable service; yes and more.

Rom 12:1-16
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 for I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 for as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Business...Everything on schedule as normal....Is that your focus while it's *Don’t give one more minute than is necessary for the work of the church*

Anything for fun, pleasure, but drudgery when it comes to work for the house of God. The attitude "let someone else do the menial tasks, my time is more important." It's sort of like not giving time to prayer, because your time is more important.This is the spirit those who died in Israel.

  1. They were serving the Lord, but refuse to offer an half shekel when they were numbered.
  2. They wanted to be numbered, but not on the cleaning list.
  3. They wanted to be part of the church, but not if it was not in a higher position.
  4. They were in the service of God under David: but refused to offer what God commanded in order to be numbered among the people.
The cleaning list... seemingly menial positions; what are you talking about... the same spirit that Israel had.

Those in the service of the Lord reap greater benefits than serving self..some of the benefits:
  • The courts of justice, that help me to be upright and walk accepted before the Lord
  • The only safe place our young can be raised.......without being destroyed......spiritually..
  • Those who continue in the house shall all be given a right to praise and bless the Lord turning impossible situations into great possibilities.
  • The glory of this house: one day in the courts of the Lord is worth a thousand in the tents of wickedness.
  • To be a doorkeeper in Gods house is better than any job you have
  • God is a shield, gives grace or favor, no good thing will be withheld from him that walketh uprightly
Ps 84:1-12
1 how amiable are thy tabernacles, o Lord of hosts!
2 my soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3 yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, o Lord of hosts, my king, and my God.
4 blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
5 blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7 they go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
8 o Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, o God of Jacob. Selah.
9 behold, o God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 for a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 for the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 o Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
 

Oblation: an offering to God
  • That which we have been blessed to get: we give to God in offering.
I am just saved: "casting your cares upon him; how do you do that"? By getting involved with what is going on to keep the house of God running and in repair.

So you have to actually dress differently than casual? This is you presenting yourself to the house of God (the courts of the King) and as saints to the world.

Num 31:50 we have therefore brought an oblation for the Lord, what every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, to make an atonement for our souls before the Lord.

The Psalm of David below concerning the attitude about Gods service and service to self.
Ye are bought with a price and ye are not your own

  • If I am my own: I will not see light in the morning
  • If I give a ransom for my soul, God will honor me as being upright and offering to him my body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God which is my reasonable service.

Ps 49:1-20
1 hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
2 both low and high, rich and poor, together.
3 my mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
5 wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
6 they that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (for the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
9 that he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
10 for he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
12 nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 this their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
15 but God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
16 be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
17 for when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
18 though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
19 he shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
20 man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.
Kjv

Rom 12: 4 for as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
A. I was the fastest and the best worker among those I worked with, but when it came time to clean up I was not exempt.
B. I was expected to clean up the mess we made even though I had done more work for the same pay as my other workers. (a penny for the day)
 
The ants takes care of their home: the home of the colony not themselves only and they are industrious.

Prov 6:6 go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Prov 13:4 the soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Prov 18:9 he also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
Prov 22:29 seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Prov 26:13-16
13 the slothful man saith, there is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
14 as the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
15 the slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
16 the sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Eccl 9:10 whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Eph 4:28-30
28 let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

30 and grieve not the holy spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Prov 6:6-12
6 go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 how long wilt thou sleep, o sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
12 a naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
Diligence in service

Whatever it may be that you do, don’t be caught in a non concerned attitude.

Mark 13:34-37
34 for the son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 and what I say unto you I say unto all, watch.

Whatever your business is, it should be done as part of your being numbered among the saints
1. No jealousies over who has the better or easier jobs.
2. The least among us should be considered as the great as the greatest if they do their business given.
3. You may have multiply portions of business in the church, one cannot be abandoned for the other, unless it overlaps in time.

The body is not a big nose!
The body is not a big eye!
It is a whole body with diversity of members
1. If all were the same member: were would there be a body
2. Wherever God has set you in the body: you should be satisfied to do the work required of you in that capacity: it is the half shekel of the sanctuary which makes you numbered with the whole body.

1 Cor 12:14-31
14 for the body is not one member, but many.
15 if the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 and if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 if the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 but now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 and if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 but now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 and the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 for our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25 that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 and whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 and God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
30 have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
31 but covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Helps is part of the body and a necessary part.
Those who aid and assist in things that help the body of Christ to function.
1. To be in helps is to offer the half shekel of the shekel of the sanctuary, an offering for your own soul that ye are numbered with the body of Christ.

Governments
We have those over certain things because of their desire to serve.They are the governments put in place by the pastor of the church. These governments are extended portions of authority to govern helps and things of necessity to keep the church functioning and producing cleanliness. The church is not just a place to come and leave without becoming involved in the business of the church, to offer the half shekel for an offering for the soul.
1. If you do not want to be part of anything.
2. If you want to be exempt from any service
3. If you do not want to be counted in the body and numbered with the saints.
It is your prerogative.

However
1. We are obligated to present the church to the world as clean and diligent.
2. This is our half shekel.
3. It is a ransom for the soul: it actually relays the information to God that you are happy for what God has done by placing you in the body.
 
Don’t connive
Don’t undermine
Don’t slander
Don’t complain
If you are not willing to slay these things, you do not have an offering to God for a ransom to be numbered with the saints of God. This does not mean you must be quiet: it means you must refrain from speaking anything discouraging and demeaning about the work of God.
An example is that you get out of the choir because you are better than that. No you have lost sight of the half shekel to be numbered.

1 Thess 4:11 and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

Not willing to work along with us? Not willing to support along with everyone? Why? Are you privileged above everyone to serve yourself only?
Those who are working around the church and doing what is necessary to keep it clean and presentable are offering the half shekel required of those who will be numbered and not plagued.......

2 Thess 3:6-10
6 now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
7 for yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10 for even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Submitted by: Pastor W.J. Davidson