Tag: Generous giving
Scripture reading for August 7th: 2nd Corinthians 8, Psalm 7, Proverbs 3
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 8:1-5 “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints–and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”
Paul shared with the Corinthians how he had encouraged the Macedonians to prepare an offering to be ready when he came again. He noted that they responded with great generosity in spite of severe trials and afflictions. Their giving was according to and beyond their means to give. They even begged Paul for the favor of giving this offering. They gave themselves as they gave their money and blessed God and His people.
Faith Confession: What a privilege it is to give to God and to His work and to praise Him with generosity! Lord help me to grow in the grace of joyful and generous giving, knowing how it blesses You and God’s people.
Psalm 7:17 “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the Name of the Lord, the Most High.”
Scripture reading for September 7th: 2nd Corinthians 9:1-15
How do you respond when the preacher calls for the offering? What happens when he asks for a second offering to help with missions or benevolence? Do you find yourself groaning or speaking negatively to yourself? If you have trouble with these questions, the Lord wants to help you with a new attitude!
Paul was preparing the Corinthians for his own coming to receive an offering for the saints at Jerusalem and did not want to come and find them unprepared. “So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2nd Corinthians 9:5-7)
Notice how Paul encouraged them to give. They were to plan ahead what they should give. Each person should decide in his heart what to give. No one should put pressure on them or force them, because this would make them reluctant or grudging givers. They should be like farmers sowing seeds for a harvest. The more seed they sowed, the bigger would be their harvest. They should plant this giving seed with a cheerful heart of faith because God would bring a harvest. God loves cheerful givers because that is how He gives to us! “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2nd Corinthians 9:8)
God supplies the needs of His people through faithful giving. This brings praise to His Name and a supply of blessing to those who give! “This service that you perform (generous, cheerful giving) is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies you confession of the Gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else.” (2nd Corinthians 9:12-13) Let’s cause an overflow of thanksgiving by giving!
Scripture reading for April 22nd: 1st Chronicles 28-29
In long distance races, the start isn’t as important as the finish. In the race of life, I want to finish well! I don’t want to fall away or disgrace God as I leave this life. History is full of stories of great men of God who have not finished very well. Saul, David’s predecessor is a prime example of a man who at the end of his life was tormented by fear, sought a medium, and finally took his own life.
David called together all the leaders of Israel and spoke to them at Jerusalem. He recounted how God in His sovereignty had picked Judah and his family to be king. He told them that God had chosen Solomon to be his successor and the one to build a house for the Lord. (1st Chronicles 28:4-7) He charged Solomon to follow all the Lord’s commands and possess the good land that God had given them, passing it on to his descendants. He instructed Solomon to acknowledge God as his Father and serve Him willingly and wholeheartedly!
David then gave the plans for the temple to Solomon and encouraged him in the execution and building of this house for the Lord. The Lord had given David the plans and had given him understanding for each detail! (1st Chronicles 28:19) David personally gave large quantities of his own resources to build the temple. He gave gold, silver, bronze, iron, stones and marble. David knew that he could not take this great wealth with him when he died. He truly wanted to set a good example for his son and the leaders of Israel. His giving inspired others and they also began to give!
King David then offered up prayer and praise to the Lord. He praised God for His greatness and glory. He acknowledged that all his wealth and honor had come from God. He confessed that men were very short-lived on the earth. He prayed for God’s grace in Solomon’s life. This prayer is a wonderful finish to David’s life! (1st Chronicles 29:10-19)
“David son of Jesse was king over all Israel. He ruled Israel forty years–seven in Hebron and thirty three in Jerusalem. he died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor.” (1st Chronicles 29:26-28) What will your epitaph read? Are you setting a course that will enable you to finish well?