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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
- 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 When I give, do I focus more on the amount given?
- 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
Thursday-November 12 | Daily Devotional 13
“No church ever has a money problem, only a faithfulness problem.”
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who was going to another place for a visit. Before he left, he called for his servants and told them to take care of his things while he was gone. He gave one servant five bags of gold, another servant two bags of gold, and a third servant one bag of gold, to each one as much as he could handle. Then he left. The servant who got five bags went quickly to invest the money and earned five more bags. In the same way, the servant who had two bags invested them and earned two more. But the servant who got one bag went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.”
After a long time the master came home and asked the servants what they did with his money. The servant who was given five bags of gold brought five more bags to the master and said, ‘Master, you trusted me to care for five bags of gold, so I used your five bags to earn five more.’ The master answered, ‘You did well. You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my joy with me.’
“Then the servant who had been given two bags of gold came to the master and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of gold to care for, so I used your two bags to earn two more.’ The master answered, ‘You did well. You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my joy with me.’
“Then the servant who had been given one bag of gold came to the master and said, ‘Master, I knew that you were a hard man. You harvest things you did not plant. You gather crops where you did not sow any seed. So I was afraid and went and hid your money in the ground. Here is your bag of gold.’ The master answered, ‘You are a wicked and lazy servant! You say you knew that I harvest things I did not plant and that I gather crops where I did not sow any seed. So you should have put my gold in the bank. Then, when I came home, I would have received my gold back with interest.’
There is a stewardship principle called the Principle of Proportionate Participation. It’s an easy stewardship principle to understand and apply because this principle says God’s provision dictates the believer’s proportion. In other words, you can only give away what has been given to you. What God provides determines what we can give. If He gives a little, from that little we are to give. If He gives abundantly, from that abundance we are to give. Whatever He provides regardless of the depth or breadth of His provision, determines the measure of our giving.
Jesus put it like this in Luke 12:48 (NLT):
Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.
Don’t focus on amounts; focus on faithfulness. Sometimes people beat themselves up because they can’t give large amounts like they feel they should. The reason they can’t, most of the time, is because they don’t have large sources of funds to draw from. They have only a small amount, but they faithfully give out of those small sources. That is successful stewardship. Successful stewardship is not measured by what others are giving. Successful stewardship is measured by being faithful with what God has given you.
In the parable of the talents, the owner—representing God, gave varying amounts to each of his three servants. To one he gave five talents, to another two and to another he gave one. They were evaluated based upon what they did with what they were given, not by what the others servants were given. When the two-talent-guy brought the owner four talents, having doubled his investment, the owner didn’t say, “Why didn’t you bring me 10 like the first guy?” He evaluated his faithfulness by what he was given, not by what the others were given.
When I give, do I focus more on the amount given or the faithfulness it represents? Am I more concerned about what others have or about what I am doing with what I have?
Lord, I know you are a good Master and merciful God. You don’t ask me for something I don’t have. You don’t punish me for not doing something I’m not able to do. But You do call me to be faithful with what You have entrusted to me. Thank You for trusting me. I so want to be trustworthy. Please help me stay faithful. Through Jesus I ask, Amen.