2 Corinthians 8:2 Extreme Generosity

In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:2

Giving is something that many in the world even understand to a point. Many wealthy people give a lot a way every year, though it is primarily for the purpose of getting a tax cut. Others will also give, but only to look good, not really to help others out.

The majority of people in the world are trying to keep things to themselves. They want all the wealth and not to have to share it with others.

Paul points out that the Macedonian church had been going through a severe trial and extreme poverty, yet, they gave very generously to the needs of others.

Believers are to be known for sharing and generosity, yet, this is not often the case. Just as with the world, many believers are holding on to what they have, afraid that they will not make it if they give anything away.

As they hold this view, they are only looking at the here and now and not at what God can provide. The work that Jesus had done for them is forgotten. Jesus had given up all of heaven to live as a man and die on a cross. He gave everything, so that the believer can have everything.

Keeping this in mind, every believer needs to be filled with love and joy at being able to give something to any in need. The amount given does not matter, but the love and joy in the heart to be helping others out does.

No matter how little a person has, there is usually something that he can give to another in need. This is a portrayal of what Jesus has already given and can be a tool to share His love and be His witness.

When you see someone in need, what is your first reaction? Do you want to send them to someone else? Or do you provide what you can with a generous heart?

Pass on what God has given you. The material things you have are only temporary and need to be used to build His kingdom. Be willing to part with material things in order to show His love and meet the needs of others. God will, in turn, meet all of your needs generously.

You can never out give what God can provide.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has given you; that you will know God’s love for others; that you will see God’s provision for your life; and you will find God’s joy in giving to meet the needs of others.

Exodus 36:6-7 Give More Than Enough

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Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do the work. Exodus 36:6-7

Money and materials is something that is needed no matter who the person is or what organization it is. The different organizations of this world all need money to make things happen, to be able to do what is needed to be done.

Throughout the year a person will receive many requests to help provide for different organizations. The help is often in financial provision, while others may include at times physical things or physical help–workers. Very few groups can say that they have enough to meet all of their needs at the time.

As the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness, God instructed Moses to have the tabernacle built as a place of worship to Him. In order for the place to be built, there had to be supplies. These supplies were to be provided by the people.

The request for supplies was put out. No one was forced to give, it was all by individual choice. The people were excited to give and gave. They gave so much, that the request to stop giving had to be given.

Some people today often complain that churches and missionaries are always asking for money. Although the needs for finances cannot always be seen as something for building God’s kingdom, many are. Believers are to give generously with a willing and joyful heart.

If every person gave generously to the needs of the church, missionaries, and other believers, most needs could be easily met. The needs could be met well enough, that the need for more would lessen.

No matter how much you give, you cannot out give God. God has poured out many blessings on you and every believer. These blessings are to passed on to others, and not hoarded to one’s own self.

Take a look at your church, missionaries and other God-led organizations and see what they are in need of. Give what you can to help meet their needs as they work to build God’s kingdom.

If you, along with every other believer would give generously, the needs could be met in abundance. How is your giving today?

I pray today that you will see how God is providing for you; that you will give as God has given to you; that you will give generously to help build God’s kingdom; and that you will see God’s work through your giving.

Hebrews 13:5 Being Content

 

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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Money is something that people need in this world. It is required to purchase things that are needed such as: food, clothing, and housing. In itself money is not bad. It is a tool that has been made to be used by people.

In order to get money, people must work for it. They either work a job and someone pays them a wage, or they work their own business and people pay them for their services or products. And there is nothing wrong with working. A man must work in order to eat.

The problem that arises is the love for more money. People want more money than what they have, so they work that much more to get it. They will also sacrifice things or people to get more money.

People are not content with what they have and continually want more, bigger and better things. Greed takes place in the heart of a person. Discontent rises higher and higher in the struggle to get more money.

In the process of going for more money and being greedy, a believer is no longer trusting in God. He is no longer trusts that God is there for him and will never leave or forsake him.

God will always meet every need a believer has. There is no need so great that God cannot meet it. Not every desire that a person has is a need. Many things are wants and wishes, and may not be the best thing for a person.

God will only give the believer what is best for him. He will only meet what are truly needs. Beyond that is greed and may pull a person away from God. He needs to be content in what he both physically and in Christ Jesus.

Take a look at your life. What are you striving for in this life? More money and things? Or are you striving to have more of God?

God can and will meet every need you have, no matter how big or small it is. Trust in Him and be content with what He has blessed you with. Be content with the wealth you have in Jesus as your Savior. He won’t leave or forsake you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that you will be content with what God has given you; and that you will trust in God’s provision for your life.

Hebrews 7:26 The Perfect High Priest

 

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Such a high priest truly meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26

People go to many different people for help. They look for all different types of help in order to help them get through their days here on this earth. Thousands of counselors and psychiatrists are attempting to help people every day around the world. Along with those people, there are thousands of priests and ministers that people go to for help and guidance in their lives.

Some will view these people as the best source of help. They take their words to heart and believe them. While they may have some good advice to give, they will also fall short in the end. They are not perfect.

In the Old Testament the believers had to go before a high priest to atone for their sins or to worship God. In order for the priest to atone for the sins, he had to atone for his own sins first. He was not perfect and was unable to be there for every person himself.

Jesus came later and became the perfect high priest. He did not have to atone for any of His own sins, because He had never sinned. Jesus now sits in heaven at the Father’s right hand, ready to meet the needs of every believer. The foremost need is removal of sins, after that there are many other needs that believers have.

Instead of just running to a man, priest or other, here on this earth for help and guidance in life, the believer must go to Jesus. Men on this earth will be busy or absent, and they have failures. Jesus does not have any failures and is always available.

You will have struggles that you will need help to overcome. You will have needs that you need someone else to help with. While it is good to seek other people to help, your first focus should be to go before your high priest–Jesus. Go to the One who created everything, the One who is perfect, pure and blameless. He will always make the perfect choice for you.

Think about how great it is that you have someone who can help you around the clock and always makes the perfect choice. Jesus will truly meet every need you have, if you go to Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your High Priest and Savior; that you will trust Jesus for every need you have; that you will run to God first with all of your needs; and that you will strive to be like Jesus, holy, blameless, and set apart for God.

Philippians 2:3-4 How To Do What You Do

 

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

The majority of people do not think of themselves as selfish. They want to believe that they are concerned for others. Yet, when it is closely looked at the reason why they do what they do, there is usually an underlying characteristic of selfishness.

Very few people do the majority of what they do without selfish ambition. A person may work hard for his boss, appearing to be looking out for his boss, but inside the person is striving to look good for a promotion or a pay raise…selfishness. Many people help another person out just to look like a good person who helps others out, not for the focus of helping that other person out. Many wealthy people give away millions of dollars to the needy every year, not so much to help the people, but to have a tax write-off…selfishness.

This type of action and thoughts occur even inside the church. People teach a Sunday School class to look good or out of guilt, not out of the desire to help others. Some will argue over the color of the carpet for selfish reasons, not for the benefit of others.

Believers are to put others first, just as Jesus did when he died on the cross. He laid His own life down to give life to others and does not charge any one for the price of that death.

Putting others first is not an easy thing to do, because of man’s own selfish nature. People are out for self-preservation, not the needs of others.

As you seek to put others first and their needs above your own, God will meet your needs. God can bring another person into your life to meet your needs, while you are out meeting the needs of another person.

Putting others first is the ultimate show of love that you can show any person. There is no greater love than putting another person above yourself.

Take time to take a look at what you do and why you do. Ask God to reveal you the true reasons behind your actions. Then strive to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit as you trust God.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will trust God to meet all of your needs; and that you will allow God to use you to meet the needs of others.