Giving is... Tuesday, May 17th 2016
"They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity."
It's been said that you can tell the spiritual commitment of someone by looking at their day planner and their checkbook. The day planner shows the way they spend their time and the checkbook shows where they invest their resources. As believers, we should be walking generously in both of these areas. While we all understand this truth, it's harder in the application. One of the reasons it is a struggle is because our enemy does not want you to be blessed, and he knows that if you live a generous life, God is going to bless that. Why does God bless the giver? He blesses because He knows we will continue to use His blessings to bless others. This is why giving is more than just a church or ministry funding effort. God uses giving to grow His children. Here are some important truths about giving:
- Giving is obedience.
- Giving is rewarded.
- Giving is worship.
- Giving is glorifying.
- Giving is blessed.
After you look at all those descriptions the question remains, "Why not give?" If we can worship the Lord through our finances, then shouldn't we jump on that? If it glorifies God and blesses others, shouldn't that be a priority? Today, let's pray for God to instill in us generous hearts that love to worship Him with our whole life, including our checkbook.
Life Lesson: True joy does not come through what we get, but lasting joy comes through what we give. God encourages us to give. There is great joy in giving.
Thank You for the many blessings You have given me. You have blessed me with my life as well as eternal life through Jesus. Help me to live generously with my time and money. Give me opportunities to love others and support Your work in my community and around the world. In Jesus' name, amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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