Giving As Worship 1/23/18
Posted Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Andy Tucker
God does not ask anything of us that He hasn't already proven Himself willing to do first. He intends that His outpouring of grace on all of His children, through the gospel of Christ, be an example for us AND cultivate a motive of thankful, grateful, and joyful worship in our giving.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
Paul is not saying is that we should give generously to God so that He will be generous with health, wealth, and prosperity in this life. There are so many other passages that outline how Jesus lived a life marked by suffering and free of the love of possessions as a pattern for His people to follow. However, Paul is saying we should give generously to God in the knowledge that we are promised health, wealth, and prosperity without limit in the life to come. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we don't need any of it now—we get a little taste of it now (I have a house, car, etc. and likely so do you), but we don't need it. That's radical talk in early 21st century America.
Heavenly Father, Your grace toward us in Christ is sufficient both to save our souls from eternity in hell and to save our hearts from the love of things in this life. Don't let us fall prey to the lie that the Gospel of Your Son secures for us riches in this life. Don't let us fall prey to the lie that You withhold any good thing from Your people. You simply ask us to wait for some of it. Fill us with a deep satisfaction in You, through Christ, that would make us inexplicably generous now and prove us to be Yours at the judgment. In Jesus name, amen.
To the praise of His glorious grace,