Devotional: Giving results in thanksgiving to God. Giving what God has provided for us not only supplies others’ needs, but it also causes others to give God thanksgiving. In Second Corinthians chapter nine we find out that the Corinthian church is giving to an offering for the believers in need in Jerusalem. Second Corinthians 9:12 says, “For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.” This church’s giving not only helped provide for the needs of the believers in Jerusalem, but it also caused many people to give thanksgiving to God. When we give, we not only show forth that we are trusting in God to take care of us through giving, but also we cause others to give God thanksgiving.
Prayer: Dear Father God, thank You for giving us the opportunity to give. We want to see You receive thanksgiving. God, help us to give. Help us to thank You, and also cause others to give You thanks. God help us to not focus on ourselves but care about You and Your glory. We pray these things in the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional: Giving is pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 says, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” The word “communicate” in this verse means to share with others. This verse shows us that doing good to others by sharing what we have with them is a sacrifice that is pleasing to God. It brings God pleasure when we give and share with others the blessings that He has given to us. God likes to see us give up our money for others. It is a sacrifice that pleases Him.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to share with others the money and other blessings that You have given us. Help us to be a blessing to the people around us. Help us to try to do things that please You. Show us how to give and give us opportunities to be a blessing to others. Thank You for Your grace and the salvation You have given us. Thank You for giving us the money to be able to give in the first place. We pray this in the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional: Giving results in blessings from God. When we give, God is faithful to take care of our needs and will bless us in return, spiritually and materially. Luke 6:38a says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom…” As we give to the Lord, He gives blessings back to us. He blesses us with blessings that we don’t deserve. God is not a stingy God. As we give to Him, He abundantly blesses us. As servants of a generous God, we should generously give to Him. He will surprise us with how good He is to us.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for your goodness to us. You constantly amaze us with how much You bless us. Thank You for how generous You are to us. We don’t deserve the many blessings that You give to us. Help us to be generous givers to You Lord. Help us to want to give abundantly to You. You deserve everything we have. You are so good to us. Thank you God, and we pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
Devotional: Giving should be willful and cheerful. Second Corinthians 9:7 says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” In this verse, Paul tells the church to give according to what they have decided in their hearts and not grudgingly or of necessity. God does not want us to give with a bad heart. He wants us to give cheerfully to the Lord. God has given us so many wonderful blessings. We should remember all that He has done for us and be willing and happy to give back to Him.
Prayer: Dear Father God, You are so amazing and kind to us. Thank You for Your abundant mercy and grace. Thank You for giving us everything that we have. God, help us to be willing to give back to You. Help us to have a cheerful heart when giving to You. Help keep us from being stingy with our money, rather help us to be full of excitement to give to You. In Jesus’ name we pray and ask You to guide and help us, amen.
Devotional: Giving should be according to what you have. First Corinthians 16:2 says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” In this verse Paul tells the believers to give “as God hath prospered” them. So, each person should give a certain amount according to how God has prospered him and within his financial limits. You give from the money that God has given to you. The more God prospers you the more you should joyfully give.
Prayer: Father, help us to be good givers who obey your Word. Thank you for the money You have given to us. It is amazing how You always meet our needs and consistently provide us with money. Help us not to be stingy with the money You give us but help us to be willing to give it back to You. God, if You bless us with more money than we currently have, help us to use the extra money to be able to give more to You. We pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.
Devotional: Giving should be regularly practiced. When Paul told the Corinthian churches to take up offerings to help the believers in Jerusalem, he told them to collect the offerings on the first day of every week. 1 Corinthian 16:2 says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” This verse shows us a pattern of giving regularly. It is an example that we can follow. As we receive regularly, we should give regularly.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for all the wonderful blessings and kindness that you show us each day. Thank You for the money You bless us with on a regular basis. God help us to be consistent in giving to You. God help us to use our money for You and Your glory. Help us to resist the temptation to use our money for our own purposes and pleasure. Help us to get into the habit of giving regularly to you. We ask these things in the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional: In the Old Testament, people were supposed to give a tithe of ten percent to the tabernacle. They had a set amount that they were supposed to give. In the New Testament, God says that we are not under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14b). God doesn’t give New Testament believers a set amount that they are supposed to give. However, out of our love for God and the cheerfulness of our heart we are to give the amount that we think would be the best. 2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us how we are to give. It says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” God lets us decide how much we are to give, but we are to have the right God glorifying motivation when we give.
Prayer: Dear Father God, Help give us wisdom to know how much to give. Help us not to give as little as possible, but help us to give as much as we can to you. Whatever amount we decide to give help us to give it cheerfully to you. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Devotional: God wants people in the local church to be willingly involved in giving. People are never supposed to be forced to give. The church is not a business. It is not authorized to charge money nor is its goal to make the best profit. God wants people to give out of worship and love to Him not because they are forced to. Jesus has never liked people being forced to pay money in order to worship God. Matthew 21:12-13 says, “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” We worship God without charge, but we give out of love.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for freely giving to us many things. Thank you for the free gift of salvation. Thank you for the many blessings we receive each day that we don’t deserve. God help us as a church to never take advantage or your goodness and force people to give. When we meet together, help us to give out of love. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Devotional: A healthy local church is made up of people that are involved in giving. They give to take care of the church expenses and pay the leadership. They give to help other believers in need and support people taking the gospel around the world. From the early beginnings of the church people were involved in giving. Acts 2:44-45 says, “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” One of the things that makes a New Testament church healthy is that it is a church where people are regularly involved in giving.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help us as a church to be a giving church. Help us to think about ways that we can give and be a blessing to others around us. Help us to not be too protective of our money but to be willing to give it to You for Your purposes. Thank you for blessing us with the money to be able to give and help us to be generous with it. We pray this in the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional: God loved us when we were unlovable. When He came and gave His life for us, we were in complete rebellion against Him. He gave up everything for us. This was an act of amazing love. Believers are people who have realized what God has done for us and have accepted this amazing gift of love. The love God has shown us motivates us to love others in the same way that we have been loved by God. 1 John 3:17 says, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” If someone has truly experienced the love of God, they will want to give to meet the needs of others just like God gave the best He had to meet our need of salvation. We give to express the love of God in our hearts.
Prayer: Dear Father God, thank you for the amazing love you showed to us on the cross. God, thank you for giving up everything for us. God help us to love, be givers and show to the world around us Your amazing love. We ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.