November 21, 2021
It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)
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. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
“Money is a tool, a test, and a testimony.”—Ron Blue
A tool to accomplish God’s purposes.
A test to see if we are going to be faithful.
A testimony because it gives us an opportunity to show the world through our generosity how generous God has been to us.
Take one step toward generosity.
-Do Something to get out of debt.
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)
-Do Something to be content, to stop wasting money, and to create more margin in your finances.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
-Do Something to teach your kids about money.
“And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NLT)
-Do Something by giving financially.
Do not despise these small beginnings. For the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… (Zechariah 4:10) –Be a generous tipper.
-Give to the year-end offering.
-Giving your biggest financial gift to God. -Do Something by talking to the owner.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. (Psalm 24:1)
God is the owner; you are the manager.
How do we know what to do?
Talk to the owner and He’ll give you directions.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)