This entry is part 29 of 35 in the series Devotionals

When we give old clothes and old household items away, things that we can’t use or don’t want to use anymore, it really is a nice gesture. There’s an old saying that says “One man’s junk is another’s man’s treasure.” Real giving, however, is more than a gesture. Real giving is a sacrifice. Real giving means that the thing you give away, you really would like to have kept it for yourself.

In this pandemic season, some churches have seen an increase in their givings, others have had a steady flow of offerings, but many churches are experiencing financial difficulties because of a decline in offerings. In New Testament times, the question of our giving unto the Lord is taught, not so much as a duty, but as a privilege and a delight. During this difficult time, we encourage you to be faithful to God and continue to give to your local church, according to your several ability.

The Bible has much to say about the stewardship of money. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, talked about finances all the time. Giving is a sacrifice and the Word of God encourages us to do it cheerfully and with gratitude ( 2 Corinthians 9:7).

Everything we have belongs to the Lord. Remember, we are only stewards of what God has blessed us with. Christ knows whether we give casually or carefully, grudgingly or cheerfully, the least possible or the most possible, or none at all. He sees what we give to Him and He sees what we keep for ourselves (Mark 12:41). He also measures our gift, not by the amount we give, but by the amount we kept. When the poor little widow in Mark 12:41-44 gave all that she had, she wasn’t giving to the temple, she was giving to the Lord Himself.

During this difficult time, be faithful to God. Faith without works is a dead faith (James 2:26). Our work is our fruit or good deeds. When we delight in giving, we have the evidence of a heart that has been and is continually being transformed and renewed by God.

When we give, we should do so without expecting anything in return. Luke 6:36 says, “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”

We can NEVER out give God but we can be quite sure that all of our needs will be met according to His promise in Philippians 4:19: And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Give to your local church according to your several ability, but do give.

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