Thursday, October 20, 2005

God gives & gives & gives...

On Sunday, my pastor spoke on good deeds and how God calls us to good deeds. He quoted Matt. 5:16, which is one of my favourite verses, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." By our good deeds, God ends up with the glory, which is the way it should be anyway!

This morning, I was doing my reading in 2 Cor. 9. Paul is talking to the Corinthian church on giving financially. Ch. 9:8 says this, "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that ALWAYS having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;" I got to thinking as I kept reading in 9:11-15 " will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanskgivings to God. Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His INDESCRIBABLE gift!"

Think about it...God gives us resources and a desire to give to His work and the people involved in His work. We (as the givers) feel blessed because He has enabled us to give. The people who receive the resources feel blessed for God's provision and in turn, give Him praise and honour. The people they minister to see how incredibly generous God is in His provision and give Him honour and blessing. We (the givers), in turn, hear about the amazing things God is doing with the resources He gave us and praise Him for His marvelous ways!!!!! Isn't God so creative????


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