“So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” Luke 21: 3-4 NKJV
Welcome to the 25th week of our Daily Devotional Recap. This week, we got a reminder on the effectiveness of quality prayer time and why we should pray. We also learned about the art of giving, intentional generosity, how to worship through our giving and the right heart posture to have while giving.
We started this week on Monday, with a reminder on Prayer. Quality time with God in the place of prayer is very important and here are two reasons why: It multiplies the effectiveness of our prayer (James 5:16) and it puts us in a better position to discern the leadings and instructions of God, just like Elijah (1 Kings 18:41-45).
On Tuesday, we learnt about worship with giving. Usually, when worship is involved, we think it only has to do with singing to God, but there’s more to worship than that. We should also worship God with our finances. When giving, it should come from a deep place of gratitude to God.
On Wednesday, we examined some instructions from the word of God about giving when we learned about the art of giving. The three things to note are: giving is a thing of the heart which was described as an act of service by Paul (2 Corinthians 9: 12), how much we give matters, so we ought to give cheerfully yet substantially (2 Corinthians 8:2-3, 2 Corinthians 9:7), and lastly, scriptures address whom we should give to; this includes the pastors of our local assembly, our siblings in Christ and the poor.
Thursday’s devotional focused on intentional generosity. Just like in every aspect of our Christian walk, we need to be intentional about our giving. We are responsible for setting up structures that make it possible for us to give, just like Paul did with the Church in Corinth(1 Corinthians 16:2). We should have a budget set aside for generosity and giving.
We wrapped up the week on Friday by learning about the giving heart. Our God, who sees the hearts of everyone can discern when our hearts are not in the right posture while giving, as seen in the story of the widow’s mite in our anchor scripture. This is why it is important to check your motive for giving. As believers, everything we do should be out of love and devotion to God. Therefore, we should let love lead, even in our giving. Be a cheerful giver! (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Therefore, as we give to God and for the furtherance of the gospel, we should give intentionally, substantially, sacrificially, and cheerfully because it is our worship and God loves a cheerful giver.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 6:37-42, Philippians 4:1-7, Psalms 120, 2 Kings 20-21