2 Corinthians 9:2 How Eager Are You To Help Others?

For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 2 Corinthians 9:2

There are some people who are eager to help others out. They find a great joy when they are able to provide something someone else needs.

People will often notice those who are generous givers, some because they want something, others because they see the good being done. Seeing a great giver will also often encourage others to give in the same way.

As Paul continues to talk about giving, he commends the Corinthians for their great enthusiasm and readiness to help others out.

Giving is something that God started by giving mankind the earth and everything in it. Later He gives His Son, Jesus, to take away sins and to give eternal life. In both of these things, God is helping out mankind in areas of need.

The process of helping others out is God’s way of providing abundantly for everyone for everything that one needs. Every type of help is a type of giving. It can be giving of time, energy, effort, or of things, such as money, clothing, food, or anything else.

Most people are not eager to help others out, unless it is to their advantage. They want to hoard everything that they have, time, energy, money, thing, just in case they might need them.

The believer who realizes how God has helped him and what God has, will be quick and eager to help others out any time he sees and need, and has the ability to help. He will know and understand that God will provide for his own needs as he helps someone else out.

Over your life, how many times has someone else helped you out? How many times has God helped you out?

Instead of hoarding what God has given you, be eager to pass it on to help someone else out. As you help others out, God will in turn put others in your path to help you out.

Trust that God will provide abundantly for all that you need as you eagerly give of all that you have. As you eagerly help others, it will also stir others to the action of helping others out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God has already helped you; that God will strengthen you to help others in their times of need; and that you will trust God to provide for all that you need as you give to others.

Luke 21:4 How Much Are You Giving?

All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on. Luke 21:4

It is very common for the wealthy to give money to charities to help them out. Often it is done out of their excess money and in order to get a tax break later on. It is seldom done in a way that it breaks into the money needed to survive on.

This type of giving is actually often followed by most people, whether they are poor or wealthy.

Jesus had seen a widow give just a few pennies into the offering at a temple. He said that she gave out of her need, giving more than the wealthy.

The practice of giving out of excess wealth is just as common in the church as it is in the world. Many believers give as little as possible, the ten percent or less.

This way of giving is found not only in giving of tithes and offerings, but also in giving others parts of one’s life for God.

Many believers will give just a little bit of their time to prayer or studying God’s word. Often they will give even less to witnessing or discipling others. The giving is done out of their excess time or money, but not what they live on.

From Genesis to Revelation, believers are told to love God with all of their life, not just a part. This means that one is to give all that he is and has to God for God to work with.

As a believer gives everything to God for His work, God will provide all that is needed. The provision can be in food, finances, health, strength, energy, favor and more. The giving believer will never see a lack of what is needed, because he is trusting God in giving everything.

As you give to God of your money, time and efforts, determine how much are you really giving. Are you giving only out of your excess or out of your left overs? Or are you giving it all?

Do not be stingy or selfish in your giving of offerings and services.

Jesus gave all He had to give you life. He laid His life down for you. Be willing to give everything you have for God. See how God will honor that and meet all of your needs in abundant ways.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will know what God gave you; that you will know God’s provision for your life; and that you will give all of your life for God to use.

John 2:17 What Consumes You

“His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17

Jesus went into the temple courts and found many people selling things in there. It had become more of a marketplace than a place of worship. He gets angry with the people and drives them out of there. At that point the disciples remembered a verse from Psalm 69:9 that zeal for God’s house would consume Him.

Many people get excited about many different things. They allow their time to be used for various things in their life. Often they are hobbies that they enjoy doing. Others get a joy with their work.

This excitement is usually taken to an extreme, to the point where they are consumed with it. They will spend all their time and money on that hobby. Some of those hobbies might be hunting, gaming, golfing, watching sports, or something else enjoyed.

While none of these are bad things to do, a person should not be consumed with them. One should not spend all their waking moments doing one thing.

The one thing that should consume a person is being in God’s presence. In order to be in God’s presence, you must be in the temple that He is in.

The world has many temples everywhere you go. There are temples built to everything you can imagine: jobs, hobbies, sports, friends, homes, and more.

You are the temple of God if you allow God to dwell there. Fleeing and repenting of all sin will allow God to dwell in you. Worship God wherever you are, not just in church on Sunday.

Be consumed with the need to keep God’s temple pure and holy for Him. Do not allow it to become defiled and dirty. Put the time into it as many put time into their favorite hobbies.

Keep your focus on God and His holiness and righteousness. Live the righteous live that Jesus has provided you.

Whose house/temple are you consumed with today?

I pray today that God will draw you closer to Him; that you will have zeal for what God has zeal for; that you will keep God’s house pure and holy; that God will make His dwelling in you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.