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Three Stumbling Blocks

I want to be a generous giver because I believe God asks me to; I see it as a point of obedience


Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Key Verse: Malachi 3:12

“Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

In both our Key Verse and the additional reading, God has promised to bless anyone and everyone who honors Him and gives generously to His purposes in this world! His blessings are more than material, and these blessings are more blessed than material possessions. It is obvious that all Christ followers who give generously to God are not rich in this world’s wealth. Those who preach that we will get rich if we give to God fight the realities of God’s church.

I want to be a generous giver because I believe God asks me to. I see it, first of all, as a point of obedience. I also give generously because I want to receive whatever blessings God has for me. I believe that a portion of God’s favor toward me will be in material blessings. The other portions from God will be mine as well!

I want to be a generous giver because I know it will encourage others. The underprivileged will be helped as I give generously. Many of my fellow Christ followers will be encouraged to give by my modeling. This will bless God’s Kingdom as well!

Yes, I want to fit into the category of a generous giver. How about you? As I wrote yesterday: 10% of my income is the benchmark I use to judge how I’m doing. It is my safeguard against selfish living and stingy giving! Will God be faithful to take care of me and my household? I say “yes!” Join me on this journey and conquer the stumbling block of money.

Father, keep reminding me of your promises and faithfulness. I want you to judge me as generous in my giving! In Jesus’ Name, amen.