Friday, November 27th
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Being on mission with God to bless the world is a pretty awesome thing. Seeing people come to faith in Christ and their need met for eternal salvation is a beautiful thing. Seeing the pain and suffering of people alleviated in helpful ways is wonderfully fulfilling. The participation of God’s people in “mission” endeavors that seek to bless the world is his only game plan. We can do “mission” in our own relationships with people and we can join others in cooperative efforts the do “mission” anywhere in the world.
Doing “mission” has a very practical side called “money.” We have been talking about the proper administration of the material wealth God supplies us and the use of our “money” to do mission is very much a part of that. So, our focus today is on “giving” and that is what today’s passage is all about. We are going to narrow our focus to a “chicken or the egg” type question regarding giving.
What comes first, God’s supply or giving? In other words, is it a matter of gaining an abundant supply from God and then giving or is it giving and then gaining an abundant supply from God as a result. Our passage very clearly talks about both of these things. Read over the passage again and you will see both of them, but you will see just as clearly that giving (regardless of your supply) comes first. This leads to God’s abundant supply which allows us to do more giving which to more abundant supply from God.
So, there is a very important question that comes next. Have you become established in this cycle of giving? God really is counting on us to do “mission” in our own relationships with people and by joining others in cooperative efforts the do “mission.” It all begins with giving regardless of our supply.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I get it! I choose to be a giver. I ask you to show me one specific act of giving and doing mission I can do today. I look forward to how you will expand this act of obedience into a cycle of giving and doing mission that wonderfully transforms my life into life lived for the purpose of your mission of compassion to the world. Amen!
Posted on Fri, November 27, 2015
by Alan Porter