Good morning! Not only does God call us and rescue us but now we have the joy of being a part of His Kingdom work! Amazing! As God has given to us, we give back to provide resources to His people to get the gospel out and to work discipleship in.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) once wrote, “A man there was, though some did count him mad, the more he cast away the more he had.” More importantly, Jesus said:
Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Matthew 6:2-4).
We give joyfully and generously to Kingdom work for the sake of the King, not to please or impress others. This is a part of discipleship. This is part of worship.
And this we do with joy in Jesus!
Matthew R. Perry, Ph.D. is Lead Pastor of Arapahoe Road Baptist Church in Centennial, CO.