DATE POSTED Sunday, 2022-08-07
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 2 Corinthians 8:7-8
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 7 You people there are leaders in so many ways—you have so much faith, so many good preachers, so much learning, so much enthusiasm, so much love for us. Now I want you to be leaders also in the spirit of cheerful giving. 8 I am not giving you an order; I am not saying you must do it, but others are eager for it. This is one way to prove that your love is real, that it goes beyond mere words.
APPLICATION: It seems like this is one of the most controversial subjects in the church world today. Some accuse the church of stealing money from its members, while some even accuse the church of charging their members to attend. My wife and I were warned not to attend a certain church, because they ‘charged a fee’ to its members to attend! However, what I was excited to hear Paul teach in 2 Corinthians 8, was that giving starts from a heart of love. You might be tempted to question this philosophy of Paul’s, because you have never heard of anyone jumping for joy as they gave their hard-earned money away. And that is the best starting place for us to examine this teaching, for Christians give from a heart of love and appreciation for all that was given for them. But your first response might be: ‘the church has never given anything to you or your family’. Friends, if a Christian gives because of what the church has done, or has given to them, then they are giving for the wrong reason. We give because God gave sacrificially of His very best to us, so that we would have the means of forgiveness of our sin, and therefore a pass into the glories of heaven. Think about it. In our homes, we give, and give and give, because of the love given to us in so many ways by family members. The same is true in our churches. Shouldn’t we also honor God by doing the same in return for His wonderful gifts to us? I believe where we go astray in our giving, is when Satan redirects our attention to church leaders who abuse funds given to the ministry; churches whose members approved expensive, fancy, church buildings over giving generously to their community in need, or to the needs that exists in the mission field. If we attended church business meetings, or if we participated in electing church leaders to handle the church budget, then WE decided on those actions mentioned. If we don’t participate in church leadership decisions, then we obviously don’t care to change anything they propose and decide on. Please allow me to suggest that you not complain, whine or be concerned about bad decisions if you chose to not participate to ensure the best decision for the sake of the Kingdom. I am convinced that ‘giving’ begins in the heart of each believer, as prompted by the Word of God, and His Holy Spirit that dwells inside of us. As in the example of our homes – as we draw close to God, feel His love and appreciate His goodness, is there anything that we wouldn’t give in return? As a responsible member of your church, is there anything that you wouldn’t encourage and vote for your church to give generously to in growing the Kingdom of God? With God as our helper, may we learn to appreciate all that He gives to us, and in return, give generously to expand His Kingdom while we remain here on this earth!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Prove your love for God in the way that you give generously to expanding His Kingdom here on earth.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for giving of Your very life so that we might have eternal life. Out of sacrificial love, You gave it all for us. Thank You Jesus! Please touch the heart of Your children today and help us to regain our focus on You and stop allowing Satan to distract us and steer us to live, act, speak, and respond to the wicked ways of this world. Father God, You gave us everything You had, please teach us to prioritize our giving so that our output will indicate where our love belongs. AMEN!
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