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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, July 2, 2015
Our attitude is more important than the amount we give. God is concerned about how we give from the resources we have.
God gives us resources to use and invest for him. Paul uses the illustration of seed to explain that the resources God gives us are not to be hidden, foolish devoured, or thrown away. Instead, they should be cultivated in order to produce more crops. When we invest what God has given us in his work, he will provide us with even more to give in his service.
Paul emphasizes the spiritual rewards for those who give generously to God’s work. We should not expect to become wealthy through giving. Those who receive your gifts will be helped, will praise God, and will pray for you. As you bless others, you will be blessed. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 – Remember this–a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “Godly people give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will never be forgotten.”
For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
Yes, you will be enriched so that you can give even more generously. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will break out in thanksgiving to God. So two good things will happen–the needs of the Christians in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanksgiving to God. You will be glorifying God through your generous gifts. For your generosity to them will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the wonderful grace of God shown through you.
Thank God for his Son–a gift too wonderful for words!
The psalmist wrote, “I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me.” — Psalm 118:13 (NRSV)
Mark A. Carter (Texas) titled his story “HELPING HANDS;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“On April 17, 2013, an explosion at a fertilizer plant destroyed almost half our town in Texas and killed 15 people. Overnight a quiet country town became a town in ruins with people having no food, water, or shelter of any kind. As word of the disaster went out, help came almost immediately from all directions. . . .
“This outpouring of love has made the grief easier to bear and the rebuilding more determined. Our town is a living a living testimony that even in the darkest of disasters, God’s people can still shine the light of hope.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When we are at our weakest, God’s people give us strength.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us never to forget that as long as we have you in our hearts, we are never alone in our problems. Amen.
Prayer Focus: DISASTER-RELIEF EFFORTS
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