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“Salvation in the Gospel of Luke”
August 24th: “The Forgiveness of Sins”
Read Luke 7:36-50. Please join us at 10:45 AM.
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Five Reasons to Give
How to use one’s money is not a popular subject. I once heard a minister preach on money and he was so apologetic and afraid that I thought he wouldn’t get through his sermon. I actually felt sorry for him. I don’t preach on money that often, but when I do I’m not nervous or afraid. The reason is I’m not asking people to give to me but to give to the Lord. Money is an important subject about which the Bible has a lot to say, and therefore we must talk about it. Here I want simply to share five reasons to give.
First, the Bible commands us to give. For instance, Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6.38). This is a command from Jesus, not a suggestion. He tells us to give, to be generous with our finances. Ephesians 4.28 says, “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” This verse teaches us not to steal, to work hard, and to share what we earn with those who are in need. If for no other reason, we should give because the Bible tells us to.
Second, we are blessed when we give. There is always a blessing when we give to people and to the work of the Lord. We shouldn’t give in order to get, but God has promised to bless those who give and this blessing is often financial in nature. Proverbs 11.24-25 states, “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” It seems paradoxical, but it is the generous person who prospers not the greedy person. This is because God continues to bless those who give so that they can keep giving and have their own needs met as well. 2 Corinthians 9.6 says, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” You reap what you sow, and if you sow generously God will bless you generously in response. Again this is not to be abused: we are not to give in order to get more money from God. The health and wealth gospel is not biblical. However, this abuse should not take away from what is biblical, and that is that God often blesses financially those who give to his work.
Third, others are blessed when we give. We have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives when we give. Jesus once said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20.35). This is not only because God blesses us as we give, but also because we are used by God in touching other people’s lives and it lifts our spirits to see them helped. There are needy people all around us. I realize some of them are needy because of their own fault. Some people are just lazy. But there are those who have genuine need and can’t help themselves, and we can be a blessing to them by helping them financially.
Fourth, how we give reveals where our heart is. Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6.19-21). You can tell what a person loves and desires by how they spend their money. Just look at your checkbook and you can see what really matters to you. If we love God and love other people, we will give and help others. If we the gospel and love the church, we will give to the work of the Lord.
Last, it all belongs to God in the first place. Psalm 24.1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” All that we have belongs to God. You might say, “But I worked hard for this money, and it’s mine.” Well, who gave you the strength and intellect to work? Who gave you the desire? Who gave you the opportunity? It was God. We are stewards of what we have. Ultimately, it all belongs to God and it is ours on loan to use for his purposes. This should motivate us to use our money wisely and to invest it in God’s work. You can never go wrong investing your money in the work of the Lord.
For more devotions by Pastor Mark, visit his blog at drmarkjackson.wordpress.com.