Accountable to God: Day 42

March 7, 2012
Today’s Text: 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Today’s Key Thought: Worshipful giving is a spiritual discipline.

Fifthly, Worshipful giving is a spiritual discipline.  Paul tells the Corinthians to give in the ways we have talked about “that there be no gatherings when I come.”  Paul didn’t want the giving that they participated in to be completely born out of a human appeal to need.  Certainly we should give because there is a need, but more importantly we should give not as unto men but as unto God.  God does not need our money, but He does need our hearts.  That is why giving is a spiritual discipline.  When we open our hands and release what we have been given in giving, our hands become more free to allow God to work in our lives and lead us where He wants us to go.

Application:

When you give is it only from guilt, or because of the pressure of a pressing need that you has come to your attention?  Certainly it is not wrong to give to needs.  It is wrong to only give because there is a need, when the primary motivation of our giving should be worship and obedience God.

Accountable to God: Day 41

March 6, 2012
Today’s Text: 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Today’s Key Thought: Worshipful giving happens with fellow believers, and reflects what we have been given by God.

We will continue with traits of Worshipful giving.

Third, Worshipful giving is corporate.  Paul tells them to give “on the first day of the week” and directs it to “every one of  you.”  If he is writing to the church at Corinth, what happens on the first day of the week with everyone?  It was when the assembly (church) assembled.  It was to be part of their corporate worship.  When we come together as a church to worship God we do so in our singing, hearing God’s Word, responding to God’s Word, and supporting God’s work through our regular giving.  One should be no more worship than the other because all of these parts of our corporate participation should be acts of worship to God.

Fourthly, Worshipful giving is  proportionate. Paul told them to give “as God hath prospered him”.  This speaks to two different yet important truths.  First, everything I have comes from God.  When I give “as God hath prospered” then I am recognizing that it all comes from Him.  Secondly, it speaks to God’s expectation of the giver.  He does not compare amounts given, but rather the sacrifice of the giver.  There can’t be equal giving, but their can be equal sacrifice.  The most basic proportion of giving taught in the Bible and even commended by Jesus himself was the tithe.  It is giving 101, and should be done out of a heart of worship to God.

Application:

1.  Do you think of the offering time during church as part of our worship, just as much as the invitation and the singing?  Giving should be viewed as an act of worship to God!

2.  Is your percentage of giving reflecting how God has prospered you?  Greed is the assumption that everything I have is for my consumption. 

 

Accountable to God: Day 40

Monday, March 5, 2012

Today’s Text: 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

Today’s Key Thought: Worshipful giving is happens regularly and is not optional.

As a husband, I know that the things I do and say tell my wife what I think of her. Megan knows me as well as anyone else in my life. She can tell if my heart is in what I am doing or not. Not only do my actions count, but my motives count as well.
This week we are going to look at 2 main passages of scripture that Paul wrote to the church at Corinth specifically concerning giving. In these passages Paul explains how giving in the church should be done, specifically because our giving is an act of worship to God, and should be done with that as a motivation. We will highlight 8 Characteristics of what worshipful giving looks like.
First, Giving that worships God is regular. Paul commands the Corinthians to give “upon the first day of the week.” This gives the idea that this is a life-long weekly habit. This is one of the ways that we worship God. Like many other acts of worship, it’s a discipline that we must participate in.
Secondly, Giving that worships God is universal. What do we mean by universal? We mean that no one is exempt from this act of worship. It’s not an optional exercise for some and not others. Paul says “let every one of you…”.

Application:
Do you give on a regular basis? Remember, as a believer it is not optional. It’s an appropriate act of worship to God.
Are you giving? Are you giving regularly? Is your regular giving to God an act of worship from your heart?

Accountable to God- Day 34

February 23, 2012

Today’s Text: 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

Today’s Key Thought:  A wise steward of their resources plans to give proportionally and weekly.
God has a plan to keep his church continuing financially….YOU! As a believer, God has asked us to financially provide weekly a proportion of what He has made us stewards of. Paul lays down, under God’s inspiration, a plan of how we are to provide. The early church planned on the first day of the week to give “…as God hath prospered him…” Not every person has been prospered the same nor is even prospered at the same times, but every person does have the responsibility to take on the same sacrifice proportionally when they are. The book of Malachi reminds Christians of their responsibility to return proportionately back to God what is His, we call this the “tithe”. A wise steward of their resources plans to give proportionally and weekly to the Lord’s work at his/her local church. God also loves it when His children give freely and choose to bless from heaven those who are faithful at giving proportionally and weekly what they are given.

 Application:

Where are you in your giving to the Lord’s work? It is your responsibility to obey in giving as God has designed for you. When you are paid is not the issue, when you give is! “..as God has prospered you…” so you should give back to Him that which is his through His local church. Today’s challenge is examine how you are giving and align your giving methods with God’s ways. When you give God’s way, God blessings are on your horizon!