Responsive and Responsible Giving

In II Corinthians 8:1-5, Paul is thrilled with the Macedonian churches’ loving concern for needy (and often suffering) saints. He wrote, “Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.” They cared! This was love in action, responsive to real need. Then, in Verse 5, Paul mentions a very responsible action on their part: “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” When we put ourselves into God’s hands, when we are submissive to His will, concerns, and directions, we are going to be used and blessed. William W. How wrote: “We Give Thee But Thine Own.” This hymn speaks of responsive and responsible giving: “ We give Thee but Thine own, whate’er the gift may be; all that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee. May we Thy bounties thus as stewards true receive, and gladly, as Thou blessest us, to Thee our first-fruits give. To comfort and to bless, to find a balm for woe, to tend the lonely in distress, is angels’ work below. The captive to release, to God the lost to bring, to teach the way of life and peace – it is a Christ-like thing. And we believe Thy Word, though dim our faith may be; whate’er for Thine we do, O Lord, we do it unto Thee.” Selah! Tomorrow, Lord willing, we want to explore the impact that loving and giving can have on others and how that kind of loving sacrifice can reveal Jesus.   Ron

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  1. I sent this out with the following testimony that I thought you might like to see:

    Some time after my parents trusted the Lord Jesus as their Savior, my Mom approached Dad about “tithing” (giving 10% of one’s income to the Lord’s work). Dad insisted that with all the bills they had – there was no way that they could “give away” that much money. Finally, my Mom convinced his to just try it for 1 month.

    Amazingly, at the end of the month – they not only had enough to meet their bills and put food on the table for four of us – but had extra left over. Dad was convinced and continued tithing – and again was amazed at how quickly they were able to “pay off ALL of their bills. Dad kept increasing his giving until a large portion of the family income was going to support Missionaries and Christian ministries. God honored their faith in trusting the Lord to supply as they gave.

    When I got my very first check ($4.50) for mowing lawns – Dad said, “I am sending money to a missionary – do you want to send some along?” I said, “All I have is $4.50.” He said, “That will be just fine.” So – I gave “the first fruits” of my financial career to the Lord and never regretted it.

    I am thankful for my parent’s godly faith that has encouraged me to faithfully give as well. Somehow – the Lord always provides in many ways thought impossible.

    Pastor Ron’s blog speaks to the aspect of giving.

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