Rudy Ross and I have devoted most of the videos this week to the subject of giving.
One theme we have attempted to convey is that God is more interested in your heart than your money. However, he uses the money to get to your heart.
Cheerful giving is an indication that we are thinking properly about the use of money to love other people.
— 2 Corinthians 9.6-8 – The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not regretfully or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
Rudy has a fun story about a dialogue he had with God about giving. I hope you will listen to him on today’s YouTube video.
An illustration I have used for years describes the difference between clenched fists and open hands.
If our fists are closed shut, God will have a hard time getting anything out of them. It will also be difficult for God to put something in them.
If our hands are open, God can put anything in or take anything out.
I’ve heard Rudy say that he works for Jesus at Fric & Frac. Rudy and his son, Max, regularly feed neighborhood homeless persons. They give them quality food with a cheerful spirit.
At the same time, Rudy and Max pay their employees well above the industry standard.
As they trust God’s provision, he is able to put in their hands what he wants and remove it for the benefit of others.
God is Glorified
When Toni and I moved to our current house, Brian Glover told me that he wanted to move us. He told me how to get ready for the move and then showed up with 15 men to help.
In two hours, the contents of one house were moved to another. A few minutes after 11:00 A.M. we were eating barbecue at Gates.
These men gave to us their generous labor, but something greater happened. Their service to our family solidified a friendship that continues to this day.
Paul wanted the same thing to happen to the churches in Corinth and Jerusalem.
— 2 Corinthians 9.13-15 – Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your partnership with them and with all others,
While they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
The Corinthians were able to help provide food for the starving Christians in Jerusalem. What resulted was a partnership between the two churches.
The Jerusalem church gave the gift of prayer to the Corinthians.
All parties involved – the Corinthians, Jerusalem Christians, and Paul – praised the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.
Please take a few minutes to listen to the video that Rudy and I have produced for today. Rudy has a good story you will want to hear.
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