This is the fourth week of our program Fulfilling God’s Purpose! This week’s theme is “Giving Joyfully and Cheerfully.”
Jesus said, “Freely you received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Billy Graham said, “God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” As nice as it is to receive gifts, it is even more meaningful to give them. Finding joy in our giving, we begin to understand why Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
God is love (John 4:8), and he shows his love for us by giving. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God never stops give to us. First God loved, then he gave, and he keeps on giving. Forgiveness, salvation, and, in fact, all we are and everything we have or ever will have are gifts from God.
As Jesus lived a giving lifestyle, we, through the working of the Holy Spirit, live a similar lifestyle. Through our giving, we worship him, express our thanks to him, and renew our commitment to him. When we give, we put our love for Jesus into action.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we know how much you have given to us. You have held nothing from us. Help us to respond to your great love for us with generous and giving hearts. In your precious name we pray. Amen.
Blessings on your journey as a steward!
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