2 Corinthians 9:12 Double Purpose To Give

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12

There are many organizations that urge people to give generously in order to help other people out. In America, they have made a dual purpose to give. One is to help others out, while the other is to get a tax write-off at the end of the year on the income taxes.

The world recognizes the need to help others out and attempt to make good on selfish reasons to do so.

Paul just commended the church for their selfless giving to help others out. He recognizes that this not only supplies the needs of other believers, but is also an expression of thanks to God.

While many recognize the need to give in order to help others, they do not always see it as a means of expressing thanks to God also. God has given people money and things for two purposes. One is to provide for their own needs, and the other is to provide for the needs of others.

At the time God sent Jesus to die on the cross, He had dual purpose in giving His Son. One is to provide forgiveness for those who believe in Him, the other is to provide a way to have fellowship with fallen man.

As a believer generously gives from his heart to the needs of others, he is telling God thanks for what He has blessed him with. He is not being selfish and hoarding what God has blessed him with to himself, but is sharing it from a loving and generous heart.

When this generous giving is done, people will praise God for His provision and the obedience of the other believers.

Regardless of how much or how little you have, you have been blessed with God with what you have. God is your provider of all that you have and need. Instead of hoarding and keeping it to yourself, give to others who are in need.

Your giving will be a blessing from God to others and an expression of thanks and trust to God for what He has given you. In all of your giving, you will never be able to out give what God can and has given you.

How are you thanking God today for what He has given you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see what God has blessed you with; that God will show you ways to share what He has given you; that you will show thanks to God by giving to others in need; and that many will see and praise God because of your generous giving.

1 Corinthians 12:5 Different Jobs To Do

There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:6

The world is filled with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of different types of jobs. Each job has its own peculiarity and task to be done, that none of the others can do.

Each one has their own level of importance, with none more important than the other in the grand scheme of the whole world. Yet, many people think that one job is more important than another. In doing this, they often cut down people with the ‘lesser’ job.

Paul points out that God has given different gifts and methods of service for people to do. Although the services are different, it is still only one God.

Just as it is in the world, there are many different types of jobs for people to do in the church. There are also different types of works of the Holy Spirit being manifested in the works of service for each person. God has these different works for a purpose.

What is needed in one situation may not be needed in another situation. God uses what is needed in the moment, with whoever is there willing to be used by Him in His way.

However, just like the world, many in the church look down upon others who do not do the same ministry or do it in the exact same way. Some will feel that the other person is not holy and really following God, if he does not do ministry a certain way.

Every believer needs to work in unity with each other, since they are all serving one God. Each one is given his own task and method by God in serving Him in this world. One is not better than the other, but are all equal in God’s kingdom.

You may have a ministry that does not look as good as someone else’s or you may have one that appears to be better than someone else’s.

Do not let pride overcome your heart. Know that your ministry of service is just as important as others.

Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and use you in the way He needs you to be used, doing the work that He needs you to do in the moment.

See what God can do, when you work in unity with the Holy Spirit and others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will use the gift of the Holy Spirit He has given you; that you will do a service for God; and that you will work in unity with other believers.

Acts 23:1 Are You Fulfilling Your Duty?

Paul look straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” Acts 23:1

When a person hears the term ‘duty’, he often thinks of someone in the military or someone in a service position. Those in those positions are expected to have and fulfill a duty of service towards or for others.

To some degree, every person has a duty to fulfill. Most have a duty to work and pay their bills. Others have a duty to care for family members. All have a duty to take care not to harm others around them.

Paul was being tried by the Sanhedrin for preaching the gospel message. The first thing he tells them that he has fulfilled his duty to God as far as he can tell.

Every believer has the same duties that the world has, plus more. There is one duty that rises above every other duty on this earth–their duty towards God.

From the beginning of creation, God called men and women to a duty of service and relationship. Every person is called to a duty of having and building his relationship with God. In the process of building that relationship and out of love for God, he has a duty to obey every command of God–the service.

These two go hand in hand and cannot be separated. Jesus came to save people for these duties. In the process of obeying God, one will turn from sin, be a witness, and disciple new believers. This is fulfilling all that Jesus came to accomplish upon this earth.

Believers must examine themselves and see if they are actually fulfilling their duty to God. If they are not fulfilling it, they are fulfilling the duty to this world and sin.

As a believer, God has called you also to build your relationship with Him and to obey Him. He has a job for you to do upon this earth. It may be completely different then those around you, or very similar, but it is one that only you can accomplish.

Part of that duty is in building your relationship with Him. The other part is to be His witness and do His work upon this earth while you can. Ask yourself if you have fulfilled your duty to God in all good conscience. If not, it is time to start.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will grow closer to God each day; that you will be His witness; that you will disciple others in Jesus; and that you will fulfill your duty to God.