In Touch - Jan. 2, 2008
In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
January 2, 2008 – The Blessing of Giving – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
The more skilled you are at a task, the more you’ll enjoy it. For instance, when an orchestra adeptly plays a masterpiece, an accomplished musician will derive greater pleasure from listening than would a person with an untrained ear. You might be surprised to learn that the same is true of giving.
God has many reasons for asking us to give. First, by returning a portion of our wealth to the Lord, we are acknowledging that everything actually belongs to Him (Psalm 50:10). Second, giving is a way to obey (Exodus 25:2). Third, when we contribute to a ministry or reach out to help the needy, we participate in kingdom work, which brings deep joy. Fourth, our offerings are an opportunity for God to reveal His character; as we demonstrate generosity, He faithfully provides for our needs and blesses us abundantly (2 Corinthians 9:8). Over and over again, the saying, “You can’t outgive God” proves true.
Giving involves more than money. God has blessed us with talents, time, and resources— along with plenty of opportunities to share them with others. It is important to rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance so we will know what, to whom, and how much we should give.
Remember, the Lord is continuously giving to us: salvation, comfort, encouragement, breath, life, and countless other blessings. We are indebted to Him and should give back, not just out of obligation, but with gratitude and joy (2 Corinthians 9:7). Ask God to reveal any selfishness or other hindrance to sharing—and to help you become more skilled at giving.
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