Wednesday, July 28, 2021
by Dr. Paul Chappell
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
2 Corinthians 8:7-9
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church, he spent a great deal of time talking about giving. There are very few subjects that create as much tension as the topic of money. And our attitude toward our financial resources is indicative of what is happening in our hearts and minds. When Paul talked about giving to God’s work, he put it in the context of the sacrifice that Jesus made to provide for our salvation.
David Livingstone spent decades on the mission field and lost a great deal according to the calculation of the world. But he wrote, “Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own best reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It was emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.”
If we view what we give to God, whether that be our talents, our time, or our money, as a sacrifice we are making, we are not looking at it correctly. Everything we have belongs to God. Everything we have is a gift from God. And we must be cheerful rather than grudging in our giving. “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Today’s Growth Principle:
A proper appreciation of what God did for us makes it easy for us to give back what He has given to us.