Act II: Eager Devotional for January 25, 2016

Baptism2 Corinthians 9.6-10
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”* And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,
“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”*
10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity* in you.
 
Devotional Thought:
“For God is the one who provides the seed for the farmer and then bread to eat.”  The Christian worldview is that God is the provider of all gifts (James 1.17) and that life is best understood as stewardship of these gifts for the common good.  While this may be the Christian worldview, it is often not Todd’s worldview.  I struggle with scarcity.  I am impacted by selfish ambition.  I’ve been burned before and am reluctant to give.  And the list goes on and on as to why “my” worldview doesn’t always align with God’s.
This is why we need to be reminded, encouraged, and invited to grow our faith by giving from our resources of time, talent, and yes even money.  As we share what we have we help the kingdom grow and we ourselves grow.  There is no joy like that of helping another.  There is no sense of purpose like that of knowing God used you.  There is no better way to become more involved in God’s evolving work than to be faithful in that which is right in front of you.
How will you and I steward the good gifts we have received today?  God and indeed the rest of humanity is counting on it.
Prayer:
Lord, you are the giver of life and all good things.  Grow our understanding of what it means to be a steward of your gifts.  As you make deposits within us, may we be faithful in preparing our lives in such a way as to be ready, willing, and cheerful givers when the time comes.  In your powerful name we pray.  Amen.
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