August 2, 2020 / Pastor Mike Wilde
First, God richly you when you sacrificially give to Him.
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. — Luke 6:38
You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings. — Deuteronomy 15:10
Second, giving to the Lord’s work will cause you to grow to the Lord.
Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Luke 12:33-34
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. — 2 Corinthians 9:7
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, — Philippians 3:7-8
Third, whatever you give to God is for you in heaven as eternal rewards.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal. — Matthew 6:19-20
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompense for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. — 2 Corinthians 5:10
Fourth, giving sacrificially will you against worldliness.
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. — 1 John 2:15.
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. — Luke 16:13
How should we give together?
First, Give of your .
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. — Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. — Ephesians 5:15-17
Second, give of your .
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. — Ephesians 2:8-10
Third, give of your .
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. — 1 Timothy 6:17-18
Giving Together Devotional