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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
- Live to Give – Nov 13
- Live to Give – Nov 14
- Live to Give – Nov 15 Am I trustworthy with what God has sent me?
- 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 15 | Daily Devotionals 16
“If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.” Robert South
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
I did an experiment once that really helped drive home the point that faithful giving proves our trustworthiness. I asked three guys to join me on stage and I told the following parable:
I have to go on an extended journey out of the country. You three men are going to manage my affairs while I’m away. I’m going to send each of you $10,000.00 every month. You may keep $9,000.00 and spend it as you please. But I want you to give $1,000.00 each month to my wife for her needs and the needs of my household.
As promised, I sent each of the men $10,000.00 monthly. After several weeks, I asked my wife if she was receiving the financial support I had arranged for her. Her reply was, “Well, the first one is sending $1,000.00 each month, just as you instructed him. The second one is sending me $2,000.00 a month. I don’t know why, but he is. But the third man sent $800.00 the first month, $300.00 the second month, and nothing the last two months.”
Now, as her husband who loves her with all my heart, what do you think I’m going to do? I am the one providing the money to these men. I’ve told them they can keep $9,000.00 for themselves. All I wanted them to do was give a mere 10% so there could be food in my house.
To the first man, who was being faithful in following my instructions, I am going to continue sending the $10,000.00. But to the third guy—the one who wasn’t satisfied with the 90% I graciously provided—I am going to stop sending the $10,000.00 a month and send it to the second man who was generous. He is doing not only what I told him, but is going above and beyond. Why? Because I can trust the second man. He has demonstrated that he cares about what I care about and who I care about. He is a good manager.
I concluded my experiment by saying, “Now let me bring this home. Jesus has gone away for a season of time. He has said to each of us, ‘I want you to take care of my bride (the Church) while I’m away and I’ll send you the resources to do it. Be trustworthy with what I send you.”
What would you have done with each of the men in the above parable? Would you have increased or decreased the amount each of them received from you based on how well they followed your instructions? Does that seem reasonable?
Father, I want you to know that You can trust me. I know I haven’t always been as trustworthy as I need to be and I ask You to forgive me. Thank you for always giving me additional opportunities to prove my trust. Whatever You provide for me, Lord, I will faithfully handle in a way that honors You and reflects Your provision. In Jesus’ faithful name I pray, Amen.