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?

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Good Morning Devo for 9.9.2021: Christ Calls Us to Love This Culture That Hates Him

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Good morning! We can look at the culture around us and think, “How terrible! How godless!” And, from the perspective of a hopeful, joyful disciple, this would be a correct though incomplete accessment. Yes, the culture careens away from God’s perfect design, but this also serves as an opportunity for us to be workers among the harvest.

Even in Jesus’ day, the harvesters were few. Rather than going out into the field, they stayed in their homes surrounded by others in their family. This happens today–rather than going and reaching our sphere of influence (our friends, relatives, associates, neighbors, and strangers around us), we succumb to the temptation to huddle among those who share our beliefs, traditions, and worldviews.

God calls His people to ask His Son to send out workers. I remember serving on staff in a church in South Florida with a Minister of Discipleship and Family Life who urged us all to pray this prayer. Turns out, God sent him as a missionary with the IMB to Europe–where he still serves today. Yes, if we pray this prayer, God may send us. Yet, being led by Him, empowered by Him, is the place we all need to be.

Are you ready to follow Christ’s command to pray this prayer? Are you ready to be that worker among the harvest? That very culture you find so terrible and so godless–well, you might find yourself with an all-consuming burden to love them and reach them for Christ. And that’s how someone felt when they came to talk to you, dear Christian.

Aren’t you glad they did?

Matthew Perry, Ph.D., serves as Lead Pastor of Arapahoe Road Baptist Church, Centennial, CO.