Sunday, June 19, 2011

In His Image?

If God is a generous giver, and we're made in His image, why is greed such a problem for so many? Your local church and community, as well as many others in the world, needs the generosity of others to exist. God is generous, so why shouldn't we be? By not being as generous as possible, we not only hold back God's blessings from others, but we insult God.

From today's devotional, penned by Bayless Conley.

You Can't Out-Give God

Tucked away in the pages of the New Testament is a very powerful promise to those who are generous givers. It is found in Philippians 4:18-19,

Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The Philippian church had made the financial support of the apostle Paul a priority. In these verses Paul acknowledges their generosity and also states a vital principle for every believer to grasp…you can't out-give God!

Not too long ago I came across a letter from a lady who had sacrificially given to the work of God. Here is what she said in her letter:

"My husband and I were in dire straits. He is a Vietnam War veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange. Due to his benefit claims being denied and his being unemployed for three years, we lost nearly everything. We had to put our home up for sale, but nothing was happening. During this time, I gave every penny I could get my hands on and always prayed. So one miracle after another began to take place. First, we were able to move into my husband's deceased mother's home. Then we signed papers for the sale of our former home. Next, my husband's claim for benefits was approved and awarded, and the award was backdated three years. Then he found a job! Our income has tripled, and God continues to do miraculous things for us."

My friend, become a generous giver today. Because you can't out-give God!

Live like God wants, live open-handed, we came into the world with nothing, we'll leave with nothing, so the times in between entrance and exit are only filled with what He gives us. It's not my stuff, it's not your stuff, it's His stuff. Honor Him by living generously.

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