“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
– 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV
As we get older, we realize how fortunate that we are. God has blessed us in so many ways and we in turn need to praise God and thank Him for all with which He provides us and to support God’s work with our time, our talents and our tithes.
We must always keep in mind that everything that we have is actually on loan from God. We must take good care of all with which we are entrusted and manage it prudently and return it to God in as good or better condition than it was in when God gave it to us.
For 150 years members of First United Methodist Church of Tupelo, Mississippi have been willing to spend their time and money helping others. The members of our congregation have been good stewards of all with which God has entrusted us. As the current members of this congregation, we have the opportunity to continue being good stewards and to share our gifts with others.
As our scripture says, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Our congregation is made up of cheerful givers of their time and their money. By serving others less fortunate than we, relationships are built with God and with those whom we serve. In turn, we receive the joy and satisfaction of seeing the results of our labors and monetary gifts.
As we contemplate our gifts, keep in mind the old Proverb, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
PRAYER: Dear God, Please help us to be good stewards and take care of all with which you have entrusted us. Help us to be cheerful givers. In Jesus name. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25 NIV
written by Robin McGraw
Let us do life together, growing closer to Jesus, and closer to each other, through stories and experiences from the people of our church. Join us as we begin a new series for the Advent season, beginning Tuesday, November 28.