“The Dead Sea is the dead sea because it continually receives and never gives.” — Anonymous
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-21 NIV Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
In contrast to what many teach and believe, Jesus never discouraged His followers from believing for financial prosperity or being blessed in other ways. He simply taught the importance of establishing correct priorities. For us to keep our perspective straight, the heavenly must come before and above the earthly. Such living links our hearts to the true treasures of life and assists us in keeping our hearts in the right place.
How can we tell if our hearts are in the wrong place? Here are six clues.
- We love things so much that our chief resolve is to get rich.
- We envy our neighbors and covet what they have.
- We are discontented when we consider our own lot.
- We cling selfishly to what we call our own.
- We put our trust in, and base our security on, our material possessions.
- We betray conscience, destroy integrity, and compromise morals to gain more.
Jesus taught His disciples the secret of activating heaven’s resources and the steps they needed to take to become a blessing to those in need.
What is the secret to the activation of God’s resources? Simple, God loves a cheerful giver.
What is His promise to cheerful givers? God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” (Psalm 112:9) Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. (see 2 Corinthians 9:7-12)
I encourage you to start with this prayer.
“Thank You Lord for giving me the resources to give to You and to others. I am a CHEERFUL giver who loves to give because You have given to me more than I can imagine. You have given me light, life and love. Please receive my thanksgiving, praise, worship, tithe and offering this week. Bless it and multiply it so that the needs will be met and Your glorious gospel will be sent from here throughout all the earth, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
If you would like to give to our missionary ministries in the Caribbean or East Africa, you can give by texting the word “Give” to (512) 456-3421.
We have chosen to use a new Smart Giving Application called Kindrid. Kindrid Smart Giving is a new approach to giving and is a new system which makes giving more personal and easier than ever before.
Kindrid is a new entity created through the partnership of Life.Church and OneHope. Both of these organizations care deeply about equipping the local church and para-church ministries, like ours.
Have a blessed weekend.