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Honoring the LORD

Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty… Prov. 3:9-10 (NKJV)

I remember about 30 years ago, reading an article in the local desert newspaper in Palm Springs.  On the front page was a picture of a popular televangelist and his wife, with the quote, “We’ve given everything we have!”  It just so happens the quote was taken from a recent broadcast from their popular evangelical TV show, where they were asking folks to send in money to support their ministry, while telling them they had personally given literally everything they had to the ministry.  It wasn’t too terribly long after this when the entire world learned this wasn’t the case at all, as the man was taking millions of dollars for his pay, and he eventually went to prison for a variety of improper actions. 

Unfortunately, throughout the centuries there have been many men who have used religion as a means of gain (cf. 1 Tim. 6:5), and they have shamelessly taken advantage of people by using their position to extract money from those they were supposed to defend and protect.   It is stories like these, as well as many others that have kept people from even wanting to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ—their thought being, “All they want is my money.”  And in too many cases it is unfortunately true. 

Even so, the Bible is very clear about supporting those who are preaching the gospel message.  In fact Jesus told His disciples, “And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food” (Matt 10:7-10).  Jesus didn’t want these men taking money belts with them filled with gold or silver, He wanted the people to support them wherever they preached.  The Apostle Paul clarified the principal as well when he wrote to the Corinthian church, Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:14).

I do not personally believe any pastor, elder, or any church for that matter, should ever be asking anyone for a dime of his or her money. I believe God will use those people who are willing to be used to provide that which is needed, and there is always a need.  When it is time to take an offering here at Calvary Chapel, I will simply ask the ushers to come forward to receive our morning offerings, and then I will pray a blessing over the gift and the giver.

Our part as believers is to have a proper heart to be used in serving the needs of others, and this includes using all of the resources God has bestowed upon us.  If we are faithful in sowing into the kingdom, then God will be faithful to continue to replenish our resources so we can continue to sow.  We are given this principal in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 where we are told, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

As followers of Jesus Christ, it will always be our choice as to whether we will participate in helping to build into God’s kingdom through the giving of our finances, or in serving the body.  Our giving should result from a love for our Lord, an inward resolve to be obedient to God, and it should always be done with a cheerful heart.  If you find yourself doing it begrudgingly or simply out of necessity, then ask God to change your heart, and remember that in reality you are doing it as if unto Him, and you are Honoring Him.   

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 9:6, what can we learn about sowing our resources into the Kingdom of God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you faithfully sowing the resources God has bestowed upon you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Look for ways to sow into the lives of others–especially widows, and orphans.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for sowing into my life.  Thank You for providing for me abundantly.  Show me where I can sow into the lives of those who are faithfully preaching Your Word, and into the lives of others who are in need.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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