Monday, June 15th, 2015
Giving (Part 6)
Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you're ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,
He throws caution to the winds,
Giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
His right-living, right-giving ways
Never run out, never wear out.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (The Message)*
The opposite of grudging gift is a joyful gift: an exuberant expression of love without reserve; a do-everything-possible gift with no strings attached. It often involves acts of service and self-sacrifice.
Like my daughter, Lexy, who opens her heart to others. Extravagant giving pushes beyond what is normal. Adam has come to expect it, and he seldom says no. Nothing she gives is common, and great joy comes in result.
Consider more impractical givers:
Like a fireman who rushes into a burning building. Like a parent who works beyond measure to raise a child. Like a poor person who gives what he has to a beggar. Like a Savior Who is nailed to a Cross for our mistakes.
Like actors, models and talent for Christ, missionaries! You bring God's shining Face to the pulpits of media.
You throw caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. Showing the church and the world an easily forgotten truth: His right-living, right-giving ways never wear out, never run out, never shut down and never turn off. Not even in media.
Extravagant giving yields extravagant blessings. Take His Word for it.
To Be Continued...
* NKJV of 2 Corinthians 9:6-11: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+cor+9%3A6-11&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Giving series.