Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (GW)
10 God gives seed to the farmer and food to those who need to eat. God will also give you seed and multiply it. In your lives he will increase the things you do that have his approval.
11 God will make you rich enough so that you can always be generous. Your generosity will produce thanksgiving to God because of us.
12 What you do to serve others not only provides for the needs of God’s people, but also produces more and more prayers of thanksgiving to God.
13 You will honor God through this genuine act of service because of your commitment to spread the Good News of Christ and because of your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else.
14 With deep affection they will pray for you because of the extreme kindness that God has shown you.
15 I thank God for his gift that words cannot describe.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Paul, God’s messenger, told the Corinthians that as they give towards the work in Jerusalem and to the benefit of Christians there, that they in turn would be blessed. I’m sure that many times non-Christians look at all that God’s people give in tithes, offerings and in their time in ministry, and they question why? Obedience and trust are probably two of the most important characteristics in a relationship. As Christians, we are taught in God’s Word that because God blesses us in so many ways, so we are to bless Him, His work and his workers, by giving freely to them. In fact, in terms of finances, a minimal command of 10% is given in the Word for us. I think too often we look at that amount and think back to the days before we became a follower of Christ, and compare that $1.00 that we dropped in the offering plate to the amount we now calculate as 10% and we start to reason within ourselves how we need that money a whole lot more than the church. Friends, God didn’t give any conditions to the command of tithing. He expects us to give, because He has given to us. Let’s get used to the idea that only 90% of our income belongs to us (and the government!!), so we must adjust our spending/expenses accordingly. Let’s not count on the portion that don’t belong to us. Also, it is not our concern what the church spends that money on. Now, as a member of a church, I want to be a part of business meetings to be sure that we are being good stewards of the monies that God has given to us through tithes and offerings, because He will hold us accountable for the way that we spend His money. As a church, our budgets should reflect more money towards ministry to others rather than fun, games and luxuries for ourselves. So give as you are blessed by God. I love verse 11: God will generously give us more so that we can continue to bless others, so that they can continue to produce thanksgiving to God. Count your blessings this week by what you give!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, You bless me immensely. How can I ever give enough to show my appreciation? My blessings are especially recognized when I look at those that are sick, those that have lost their jobs, those that are unable to work because of health issues. I am being blessed beyond my ability to fully express my appreciation. Thank You for having Paul remind me this morning about all that You give to me so that I may freely give to You, and that others may offer up prayers of thanksgiving to You because of how they have been blessed by the church. All my praise is directed towards You oh Lord, because it is only through Your grace and because of Your love that I can now give in return. Thank You for Your blessings! Please touch the hearts of those that may not please You in the amount they give, or in the manner in which they give. Please use Your Word to touch lives and open the eyes of those that may not recognize the author of all good things in their lives. You give freely to us each day, help us to be obedient in return.
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