Explore the Bible Lesson for May 20: Giving Faithfully
April 30 2018 by Randy Mann, pastor, Central Baptist Church, Henderson

Focal passage: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Are you a faithful giver? Do you love to give? If not, you certainly know someone who does. We all have people in our lives who are great examples of faithful giving.
For me, that is my wife.
She loves to give in order to bless and help others. I have often told her, “Baby, my wallet cannot finance your heart!”
Of course, what she gives away is not supplied by me, or even by her, but God.
He is the one who has both blessed and entrusted us to be stewards of whatever we have.
You have probably heard it said, “God owns everything. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills … and He owns the hills.”
While this is true, practically, God generally pours out His blessings through the lives and hands of His people.
Art Rainer, in his recent book, The Money Challenge, describes God’s people as the conduits through which God’s blessings flow. In this passage, we see that God intended to use the believers in Macedonia and Achaia to provide for the needs of their brothers and sisters in need in Judea.
Paul wants to help these Corinthian believers, and us, to see that because God is the one who has lavished blessings on us, chiefly through giving His Son as the payment for our sin, we should now give faithfully with cheerful hearts, allowing the love and goodness and blessings of God to flow through us to others.
How can we have such a heart to give? In part, we can give like this because God is changing our “wanter.”
Rather than wanting to hoard things for ourselves, we want to give to others as God has given to us.
The greater desire to give should also come from our desire to glorify God through every aspect of our lives – including our giving.
The reality is, we never bear a greater resemblance to our Father who adopted us as His children than when we are sacrificially giving for others.
Will you bless others and glorify God by being a faithful giver?

4/30/2018 1:59:48 PM by Randy Mann, pastor, Central Baptist Church, Henderson | with 0 comments

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