Giving As Worship 1/9/18
Posted Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Andy Tucker
We are called to give generously because God Himself gives generously and because it serves to prove that Jesus, not money or any other earthly thing, is our greatest treasure…
The key to living a lifestyle of worship to God is treasuring God, through Jesus, above all else.
Luke 12:32-34 "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
The key to living a lifestyle of worship to God and the essence of living the Christian life is treasuring God, through Jesus, above all else. The reverse would be that sin is anything (thought, word, deed, etc.) that, at its root, does not treasure God, through Jesus, above all else. This means that, for a Christian, there is no truly selfless act of worship.
Where does that conclusion come from? It comes from the truth that, if God, through Jesus, is your greatest treasure, then your heart's inclination toward true worship of God and the outward manifestation of that inclination, which could be (and is meant to be) anything besides sin (see 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17) serves to both glorify God AND increase your joy in Him.
That's a complicated sentence. C. S. Lewis says it this way: "I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of complement that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are, the delight is incomplete till it is expressed." (C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms, [New York: Harcourt, Brace and World 1958]) If you give from the overflow of a heart that truly enjoys God for who He is for us in Christ (not merely for His gifts), then it becomes a praise (or worship) to Him that brings the original delight to consummation. That is absolutely stunning!
Heavenly Father, would you give me and all Your people a deep-rooted satisfaction in all that You are for us in Christ that would be made evident in a myriad ways in all our lives, two of which would certainly be an open handed grasp on worldly things and a desire to give generously back to you because of your generosity toward us so as to increase the joy we already have in You. In Jesus name, amen.
To the praise of His glorious grace,