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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
- Live to Give – Nov 17
- Live to Give – Nov 18
- Live to Give – Nov 19
- Live to Give – Nov 20 Am I postponing any important stewardship choices that I should be making now?
- 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
Friday-November 20 | Daily Devotional 21
“The world’s shortest will: ‘Being of sound mind and body, I spent it all.'” Unknown
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
In light of the last few years’ bumpy economy, people often ask the question, “Should I give now, or should I wait until the market comes back in a year or two?”
Let me respond with a couple of questions:
-How soon do you want to experience God’s blessing?
-Do you want to be sure the money goes to God’s Kingdom, or are you willing to risk that it won’t?
When we stand before God, I don’t think He’s going to say, “You blew it when you gave Me all that money just before the stock market peaked.” I don’t believe it’s ever wrong to give now. If we don’t give now we run the following risks:
-The economy may change—again—and we’ll have even less to give. James says we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Countless investors, advisers and brokers have been absolutely sure about getting great returns on money that disappears overnight.
-Our hearts may change and we may not follow through with giving. I think that’s why Zaccheus said to Jesus, “Here and now I give my possessions…” (Luke 19:8). If you procrastinate, the same heart that’s prompting you to give today may later persuade you not to. Why? Because as a result of postponing giving, your heart’s deceitful nature and selfish interest can twist your motives and sidetrack your intentions.
-Our lives may end before we’ve given what we intended. You may think, “No problem there. I’m putting the church and its ministries in my will.” By all means, do responsible estate planning and remember the Kingdom in your will. But may I ask, “How much faith does it take to part with your money when you die? You don’t have any choice, do you?” Death isn’t your best opportunity to give; it’s your last opportunity to give. God rewards acts of faith done while we’re still living.
Am I postponing any important stewardship choices that I should be making now? Do I see my death as my best opportunity to give or my last opportunity to give?
Lord, please help me quit this “when-then” thinking that I so easily get sucked in by. Break me from the habit of saying, “When this happens, then I’ll… .” Remind me that life is happening right now! This present moment is all that I have. To arrogantly presume upon a future that is so uncertain is foolish and I repent of that pattern of life. Thank you for this day, this time, and this opportunity to live faithfully in Jesus. I pray this through Him, Amen.