MONDAY 27TH AUGUST, 2018
THEME: A CHEERFUL GIVER
TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-11
MEMORY VERSE: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
The level of poverty in the world today appears to be at its highest. There is poverty of the mind, spirit and finance. The Church of God is meant to be an agent of God in reducing, if not removing, poverty. The church is meant to reduce spiritual poverty by preaching the gospel. The church reduces financial poverty by its compassionate work of giving.
How can the church do this when people do not give? The motive of giving is the sharing of God’s blessings among His creation, especially the less-privileged. Paul states in 2Cor 9:6-12 that believers should first give their heart before they give out of their earthly possession. This means that you, as a child of God, must share this love relationship with God.
When you exist in this relationship, the grace of giving is bestowed upon the believer. You cannot love without giving. Giving is like sowing; you reap in proportion to what you sow. When God wants to extend His compassion to the needy, He goes through the church and the church relies on you to be God’s instrument. As Paul commended the Macedonian believers in 2 Cor. 9:4, a cheerful giver does not rely on such as tithe; first fruits harvest thanksgiving alone but also gives any time as the work of God demands it. Because the believer knows that his needs are met by God as Paul notes in Phil 4:19, he opens his hands to those who do not enjoy such fellowship and confidence in the Lord. So they can be brought to the fold as the early Christians did in Act 4:32-36. It is not how much we give but how much LOVE we put into giving that matters.
HYMN: EMHB 923 – WE CAN GIVE THEE BUT THINE OWN
PRAYER: Benevolent God, let Your love open our hearts to give others. As You have given us so let us be a blessing to others in Jesus’ name. Amen.