November 22, 2019. C.A.C Living Water Devotional :- GIVING WILLINGLY, SACRIFICIALLY AND GENEROUSLY
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Friday, November 22, 2019.
GIVING WILLINGLY, SACRIFICIALLY AND GENEROUSLY
READ: Exodus 35:1-5
Exodus 35:1-5 And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that ye should do them.
Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.
Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.
And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying,
Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass,
But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased (Hebrews 13:16)
Giving is one of the principles of the Kingdom of God. All citizens of the kingdom have to practice the act of giving in appreciation of God’s lovingkindness (Psa. 41:1-3; Lk. 6:38). We do not give in the Kingdom for giving sake. There are principles we must follow to make out living well pleasing to God.
First here is that, giving must be something that comes from your heart. You have to do it willingly, not because someone forces, or brainwashes you to do it (2 Cor. 9:7; cf. Exo. 25:2; 35:5). God is not pleased with your offering, if you are the type who doesn’t give, until a sugar-coated fundraiser cajoles you to bring out money from your purse.
Sacrificial and generous acts of giving are similar in nature, and God is well pleased with them. To give sacrificially is to give in such a way that what you give pinches you. You cannot give sacrificially without knowing that something comes out of you. The likes of David don’t give what doesn’t cost them much (2 Sam. 24:21-24). Solomon caught the same spirit (1 Kgs. 3:4-5; 8:62-63). The widow’s mite can never be forgotten (Lk. 21:1-40).
Giving generously is to give beyond expectations. The people in Moses’ days donated for God’s house beyond expectations. They actually gave more than enough (Exo. 36:5-7). May this kind of godly giving without coercion be restored in our churches. Amen.
1. I rebuke the spirit of stinginess in my life, in Jesus’ name.
2. Lord, endow me with the grace to give willingly, sacrificially and generously.
3. Lord, restore the spirit of godly giving without coercion in our churches.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Eze. 9:3 – 12:7; Heb. 13:20 – 13:25; Jam. 1:1 – 1:15