October 26, 2019 LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC – GIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR ABILITY
THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, October 26, 2019
TOPIC – GIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR ABILITY
Read: Luke 21:1-4
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
MEMORISE: According to their ability, they gave to the treasury for the work sixty-one thousand gold drachmas, five thousand minas of silver, and one hundred priestly garments (Ezra 2:69).
We don’t just give for giving sake, it we want our giving to be acceptable to God. We must learn to give with a specific purpose, and our giving must follow biblical principles of giving. One of such important biblical principles is to give according to one’s ability. What does that mean? It means that one has to give according to his/her financial status. You must learn to give in proportion to how God has blessed you (1 Cor. 16:2). You are to give in relation to the blessings of God in your life; not as you feel like, or as you are told to give during general giving in the church.
When the people of Israel were told to give toward the building of the temple, Prophet Ezra kept the record that the people freely gave according to their individual abilities. They all gaves as they were able to do (Ezra 2:68-69). The work of the building did not stay unnecessarily long before they finished it, because everybody was faithful to their givings.
God has interest in our givings/gifts and how we give. When Jesus entered the temple, on one particular occasion, He carefully rated how people were giving to the treasury. In His conclusion, He rated what a certain widow gave higher than what the rich men gave, for the rich men gave out of their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on (Lk. 21:1-4). Our givings toward God’s work, to the needy and the poor, and to the ministers of God are not rated by the amount we give, but by the amount we are able to give and what is left in our pockets, purses and bank accounts. God Himself blesses us accordingly, if we give faithfully (2 Cor. 9:6-10).
1. Open my understanding, O Lord, to see the blessings that are in giving.
2. Give me victory, O Lord, from self-limiting spirit, in terms of giving.
3. I want to be a blessing to others, O Lord. Shower Your blessings upon my life, in all ways.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Isaiah. 66:2 – 66:24; Jer. 1:1 – 2:21; 2 Thes. 3:16 – 3:18; 1Tim. 1:1 – 1:18
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE