A Harvest of Thanksgiving from Your Generous Giving: 11.30.2021

Good morning! We sow bountifully and abundantly, knowing that God loves a cheerful giver–a cheerfulness instilled in us thanks to the Spirit who applied Christ’s work to our hearts. That freedom gives us cheerfulness. Now, will we merely receive that and go on our merry way? No, we are the conduit. 

We give based on the grace God gave us through Christ and the gospel. Paul sought to connect the giving as a basis for the giving nature of Christ toward us. Paul by the Spirit makes it clear:  there’s a connection between sowing and reaping  Not trying to be funny when I ask this, but “Sow what?” In this case, this is a sowing of acts of giving in and toward Kingdom work. The acts of sowing in these acts of grace (8:6) with reap a harvest of righteous that leads to thanksgiving and glorifying God. Thankfulness for what God has given you leads to a generosity with what God has given you. 

Are you sowing what God has given you (resources, time, giftings, talents, etc.) in order to reap a harvest of thanksgivings in yourself and others? If not, why not? The acts of grace we give physicially result from the act of grace Christ gave you spiritually through his death and resurrection?

Are You Glad to Give?: Good Morning Devo for 9.8.2021

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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.