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October 2018

Finding Contentment

 

Our obsession with money can interfere with a relationship with Christ. Our challenge is to keep money in its proper perspective and learn to be content. With contentment, the poor man is rich and without it, the rich man is poor. There are two ways we can strive to have enough. We can try to accumulate more, or we can learn to be satisfied with less. If we pursue the first way, accumulating more, we will discover that money won’t buy lasting satisfaction, because, as we read in Ecclesiastes 5:10, more is never enough. As hard as it is, we need to curb our desire for more by concentrating on the blessings we do have. Being satisfied with less and using what we have in God-pleasing ways contributes to our contentment. Those who have less and are content are better off than those who have much and always want more. God’s wisdom is found in the words of Jesus “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).


Prayer: Good and gracious heavenly Father, you are the creator and owner of all things. I am privileged that you have granted me the opportunity to be a steward of your creation. I know that by nature that I am selfish and greedy. Help me to be thankful and content with all that you have entrusted to me. Grant me faith to be a God-pleasing steward. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
 

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The Widow’s Offering

 

Of all the giving referenced in the Bible, the widow’s mite may be the most familiar (Luke 21:1-4). The widow had so much faith and trust in the Lord that she was willing to give all she had. The rich gave large gifts, but their giving had no effect on their style of living. They gave for personal recognition. The only person who noticed the widow’s offering was Jesus, and he commended her for her sacrificial giving. From a trusting, grateful heart, she gave her only two coins as a thank offering. How generous to give away her entire income! However, she trusted that God would provide. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Her giving glorified God. Does your giving reflect your love and trust in the Lord?

Prayer: Dear Lord, you are so generous to me. Help me to give freely to you. Please open my eyes and heart to the needs of others. Place in me a spirit of love and generosity. Let your Holy Spirit enable me to fulfill the purpose that you have for me. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

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Giving Our Firstfruits

 

Firstfruits giving means that we give to God first rather than giving God the leftovers after our own needs are met. When we give our firstfruits, no matter what the gift, we acknowledge that God is first in our lives and that he is the owner and giver of all that we have. Firstfruits giving expresses the special relationship that we have with Jesus Christ. God gave us his first and best when he gave his one and only Son who gave his best, his very life, to win our salvation. As his people, we receive with gratitude and respond faithfully and generously. We give our firstfruits, setting aside our offerings to the Lord first before fulfilling our other obligations. Faith empowers us to give our firstfruits. 

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving to me so generously, especially the gift of salvation through your Son. Help me to give what I have. Grant me faith so that I will give you the first part of all that you give to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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We Are Christ’s Ambassadors

 

In Paul’s second letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul says that God “gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). God could have used his angels or some other means, but instead, he gave the ministry and the message of reconciliation to us. “We are therefore,” Paul continues, “Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (verse 20).

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, you are my rock and strength. Through you, I receive all that I need for this life and life eternal through your Son. Place in me a passion to share your love with others. Help me to tell others about your amazing love. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
 

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