PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Growing My FaithTim Savage
7Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.9You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.2 Corinthians 8
I thought of our church as I read this passage and I thought of the apostle Paul, who wrote the book of Corinthians, saying this to directly to me. “New Hope does a lot of things well –you put on good, dynamic services, you have gifted speakers, you have many thriving ministries, but I want you to grow and improve in your giving.” This certainly applies to me. While other aspects of my Christian walk are strong, sometimes I hold back my tithe when finances get tight. I know this isn’t right, but I am guilty.God has proven to me time and again that if I give Him His portion first, regardless of my situation, He will provide all that I need and more. But instead of putting Him first in my giving, I, too often, put him last. I think to myself, “I’ll try to be good with our money and cut back on anything unneeded, then give God what’s leftover.” Instead, I should be giving Him what is owed, the first gift, right off the top, then let Him joyfully provide for me by rewarding my faith.Jesus Christ set the example in verse 9, though He was rich, He became poor and by his poverty He can give each of us the most expensive and valuable gift of salvation and eternal life.
God wants my family to be well provided for, but He wants me to understand the concept of faith and the only way to grow my faith is to give Him what He asks for so that He can do His work. Through this, I know that the provision isn’t because of something I did to earn it, but instead it is a gift from an all-powerful and all-knowing God that loves me. As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, I must excel in the act of gracious giving.
Dear Heavenly Father,Thank You for this reminder of the importance of tithing. Thank You for the much needed opportunity to grow my faith by giving to You first. Help me to not just understand the lesson, but actually apply it.In Jesus name,Amen