How do you feel about asking someone for money—even for a worthy cause?
Most people break into a cold sweat just thinking about it.
And most people don’t like to be asked!
This is probably why most of us don’t like even the idea of asking.
Imagine for a moment, that you had finally worked up the courage to ask and you got this reaction:
I want you to know . . . what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia.2 Corinthians 8:1, 3–4
I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.
Most people might assume that they were just that rich that they could easily afford to give out of their surplus. But Paul added:
They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.2 Corinthians 8:2
How could poor persecuted Christians be so eager to be generously giving?
Paul explains it this way:
They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.2 Corinthians 8:5
This was about more than giving money. The Christians in Macedonia were worshipping the Lord they loved!
Remember what Paul wrote to the Church in Rome:
Since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.Romans 12:1 (NCV)
God’s Word does not tell us to (as the old saying goes) “give until it hurts.” It inspires us to worship God with our body, soul, mind, spirit, and even our money.
A Prayer for to Worship by Giving Generously
Father, You have given me life. You surround my life with a beautiful creation. You have placed wonderful people around me. You have been so very generous to me. You have given Your Son to save me from the eternal consequences of my sins. You have given me faith, hope, and love. So much love!
You know me. You created me with unique gifts and abilities. You think about me and wherever I go You are with me. “Search me and know my heart . . . lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalm 139)
You have been so generous toward me. Father, You have generously poured into my life that I might pour into the lives of others. I pray that You will give me everything I need that I might worship You by giving generously. May I give of my time and energy, my kindness and compassion, my testimony of faith, and my money. There are so many people who need a portion of what You have given me. Help me share the blessings that You have given me as acts of worship out of love for You. And help me love others by giving generously that I might shine the light of Your love to a world in need. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
How often have you thought that “giving yourself to the Lord” includes not only trust and obedience but that it includes giving generously of your time, talents, and treasures?
I’ll admit I don’t like asking for money. I don’t like writing about money. I don’t like talking about money.
But God knew that money was going to be a source of weakness for many. That it has the potential of becoming an idol and that greed would lead us to all kinds of problems.
According to an article at churchleaders.com, “2,350 Scriptures that talk about money and our use of it.“
So, when you and I talk about loving, trusting, and obeying God, we need to remember that even though we may not like to talk about . . . God knew that we would need His counsel when it comes to our attitude about money.
On today’s note write:
With God’s help, I will worship by giving generously.
May God bless you today as you worship Him – body, soul, mind, spirit, and even your money.
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