MONDAY 29TH JAN., 2018
TOPIC: GIVING AT A HIGHER LEVEL
TEXT: MARK 12:44 “For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living….”
God doesn’t want your generosity to be restricted by fear. (Prov. 11:25) Either you’ll trust Him financially and experience the joy of participating in His purposes on earth, or trust your own earning ability and live with anxiety. The danger of not moving to a higher level of giving is that you can miss out on something great that God wants to do for you – and through you. At some point He’ll challenge you to give more than you’ve ever given before. (Sacrificial giving) At that moment your faith will cause you to say yes, or your fear will cause you to dismiss it as impractical. That’s a pivotal point in your life, because your response to God’s challenge will determine your future. Some levels of giving are effortless, while others make us uneasy. Sooner or later we all hit a wall called fear, and unless you recognise it you’ll never be able to break through it. As a result you’ll live with less than God intends you to enjoy. What’s the solution? Change your perspective of ownership! A pastor once said, ‘There’s no portion of money that is our money and the rest God’s. It’s all His; He made it all, gives it all, and has entrusted it to us for His service.’
If you believe that, there’s no reason not to give. However, getting God involved in your finances means surrendering control of your money to Him. That can be scary though to swallow down. Jesus’ model for generosity was a widow who gave her last penny, without having anything to fall back on except God’s promise to meet her needs. (Luke 21:1-4) She obviously understood God’s principle of giving. It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35) When you reach that point, you’re on the threshold of the miraculous. Let us capture some sacrificial givers also in Old testament 1 Kings 3: 3-15; 1 Kings 17:8-24; 2 Sam. 24 : 24-25; Gen. 8: 20-22; Gen. 22: 1-19. New Testament sacrificial givers are as follows; (Acts 4:34-35; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; Matt. 26:7-13). Study these Scriptures for more meditation.
MEDITATION: Psalm 50:5
GEN. 30/MARK 1/ESTHER 6/ROMANS 1