Be Christ’s Disciple: Give generously

Tue, Jun 2, 2020

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“9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”               
(Proverbs 3:9-10 ESV Bold added)

At the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, our math instructors drilled into us the importance of the “=” sign. The idea is this: If 3 + 5 is added, then you get 8. ( 3+5 = 8 ) In other words, the left side will / should equal the right side. If you are grateful for what God has done for you and you revere Him and hold Him in the highest trust and esteem, then He will receive your obedience. For you to give Him otherwise would dishonor Him and slap Him in the face!

If you are thankful to the Lord Jesus for dying on the Cross and paying the eternal debt for your sins and giving you unconditional forgiveness and eternal life, you will want to obey Him by honoring Him, and thus upholding His Word.

God loves a cheerful, honoring, private, and generous giver. Here is the math: Was He generous toward you? (John 3:16) If so, be the same back to Him. If you receive less money and provision this month, choose to give Him more. Go ahead! Test Him in this! (Malachi 3:10)

Let’s pray for each other that we each honor God by being generous givers.

“6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  (2Corinthians 9:6-7 ESV)

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