Giving from our Blessings
Jim Elliot, a missionary and a martyr for his faith, gave us this profound statement: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Through faith, we understand the truth in this statement. All our worldly possessions will at some time be taken away from us. We will lose them during our lifetimes, or they will be taken away at death. We cannot keep them forever. However, we have the opportunity to use our material possessions in service to the Lord by giving to those in need and God’s Church. What we give through faith will provide spiritual dividends for us as well as for others. As Paul wrote, “[The gifts you sent] are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18). In verse 17, he wrote, “Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.” What we do in Christ’s name for Him, we cannot lose.
Prayer: Father, thank You for being so generous with me, especially the giving of Your son so I can live as a forgiven and redeemed person. Help me to see that all that I am and have are gifts from You. Grant me a giving spirit. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!