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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
- Live to Give – Nov 16 Have you thought of what's going to happen to your stuff when you die?
- 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
Monday-November 16 | Daily Devotionals 17
“All you have shall someday be given: Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.” Kahlil Gibran
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Most of the material stuff we leave behind won’t last much longer than we did. Our money will be spent, probably by people we don’t like and in ways that we wouldn’t approve of. Someone has said, “The executive who works from 7am to 7pm every day will be both wildly successful and fondly remembered by his wife’s next husband.”
When we’re gone, our homes and property will deteriorate or be sold. Our personal belongings will become items in an antique store. I heard about an antique store called “Dead People’s Stuff.” That’s funny, but it’s also an honest description of what all our possessions will be someday.
There is a book titled Death Warmed Over and it is a combination cookbook and sociological study of funeral meals and rituals. The author starts the book with a story of a terminally ill man dying at home in bed. He could smell the aroma of chocolate chip cookies—his favorite—baking in the oven. He wanted one more cookie before he died. He dragged his frail body out of bed and crawled into the kitchen. As he reached out his thin, trembling arm to grasp one final cookie, he felt the sting of a spatula smack his hand. “Put that back,” his wife said. “They’re for the funeral.”
Somebody else is going to eat our cookies.
If we build our lives on convictions rooted in the Scripture, character shaped by Christ, and a community unified by a common faith, then we will “lay up treasure for themselves [ourselves] as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they [we] may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
Have you thought of what’s going to happen to your stuff when you die? Do you have a plan (a will or trust) for disbursing it wisely?
Lord, I’m thinking of the old saying that goes:
do your giving
while you’re living,
then you’re knowing
where it’s going
Help me be more informed and intentional about how to use my stuff now in ways that will allow me to take hold of that which is really life. I know this isn’t about buying my way into heaven; that could never be done. But I do want to lay up treasure. You told me I could. Please teach me how and allow me to use my money and my stuff for that purpose. Through Jesus I ask, Amen.