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Lead Pastor John Hampton’s teaching series for the month of November is about handling money, and is called, “Live To Give.” Giving is central to the nature of God, the mission of Jesus, and in shaping the heart of Jesus’ followers. This series is not about having the right insurance, as much as the right assurance; not about securities, but about security; not about trusts, but about trust; not about growing your principal, but about understanding and applying God’s principles.
Pastor John has also written this accompanying 30-Day Live To Give Daily Devotional Guide to supplement the weekend messages.
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- Live to Give Devotionals
- Live to Give – Oct 31
- Live to Give – Nov 1 Am I bringing my best to God?
- Live to Give – Nov 2
- Live to Give – Nov 3
- Live to Give – Nov 4
- Live to Give – Nov 5
- Live to Give – Nov 6
- Live to Give – Nov 7
- Live to Give – Nov 8
- Live to Give – Nov 9
- Live to Give – Nov 10
- Live to Give – Nov 11
- Live to Give – Nov 12
- Live to Give – Nov 13
- Live to Give – Nov 14
- Live to Give – Nov 15
- Live to Give – Nov 16
- Live to Give – Nov 17
- Live to Give – Nov 18
- Live to Give – Nov 19
- Live to Give – Nov 20
- Live to Give – Nov 21
- Live to Give – Nov 22
- Live to Give – Nov 23
- Live to Give – Nov 24
- Live to Give – Nov 25
- Live to Give – Nov 26
- Live to Give – Nov 27
- Live to Give – Nov 28
- Live to Give – Nov 29
Sunday-November 1 | Daily Devotional 2
“God has given us two hands—one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.” Billy Graham
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Giving is, first and foremost, an act of worship. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” (1 Chronicles 16:29)
The first time the word “worship” is used in the Bible is when Abraham climbed Mt. Moriah with the intent of offering his son Isaac on the altar. Abraham told his servants, “We will worship and then come back to you.” (Genesis 22:5) Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his most precious possession to God–that was his act of worship.
A man named David Upchurch related that every Sunday morning his father would sit in his easy chair with his Bible, his checkbook, and a notepad in his lap. He’d read the Bible, meditate on all the blessings God had given, and then write out his check to the church. For him, giving was an expression of thanksgiving and a tangible act of worship.
When we see giving as an act of worship, we are prompted to give God our best offering and not just our leftovers.
Do I look at my giving to God as act of worship? Am I bringing my best to God?
Lord, you know that I struggle sometimes to connect giving my money to a vision of worship. I tend to see giving more as an obligation or a responsibility. Help me, God, to see my giving as a true offering–an offering that comes from gratitude, devotion, and adoration of You. You deserve my best, Father, and I resolve now to offer it to You. In the name of Your best gift, Jesus, Amen.