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November 24

 

Read Galatians 6:6

Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the Word should share all things with their instructor.

 

Reflect

How are you supporting kingdom work by sharing with those who teach God’s Word?

 

When I was at church one Sunday as a kid, I remember hearing some adults complain that all the church ever talked about was money. This older gentleman said, “What do they need all this money for anyway?” For some reason, his gripes have stuck with me. What does the church need our money for anyway?

 

Obviously, churches have expenses. They have to pay salaries, there’s building upkeep, they have a utility bill, etc. Churches may run educational programs that cost money. It seems only fair that the people who attend help cover those expenses. People pay the piano teacher for their child’s piano lessons, so shouldn’t they also pay the church if they send their kids to Sunday school? Should we offer compensation to the church for the services they provide for us?

 

Well, yes. In Luke 10:7, Jesus was giving out instructions to his followers who were going out to accept hospitality from the people they were serving. He said, “Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages.” In Old Testament law, the Levites were to receive a portion or a tithe from the people as compensation for their service in the tabernacle. People who support the spiritual needs of the people should have their physical needs met by the people they serve whenever possible.

 

God has commanded that we give to support those who share His Word with us. But consider this, your attitude in giving reflects the values of your heart. Do you value earthly things or spiritual things? If the answer is earthly things, you’ll probably be stingy with the church and give out of compulsion like that grumpy man I mentioned earlier. You won't want the church to take your money. But if you value spiritual things, you will view it as a blessing and a privilege to share the blessings that God has given you with those who have blessed you with biblical instruction. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “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.’”

 

Friends, Jesus said your treasure is where your heart is (Matthew 6:21). How you spend your money reflects your heart. Do you value spiritual instruction enough to support the Bible instructors around you with the gifts God has given you?

 

Pray

Father, You are my treasure. I know that everything I have is from You. Help me be a cheerful giver to those who are serving and teaching me. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Thank you.
Heavenly Father, You have provided me with Your grace, which is priceless, for free. Help me likewise to offer a generous gift to those who teach me about You.
Amen
Ehe one who teaches, let them be great listeners.
Jesus did not come to merely rule over us, He came to change us. Help me be a cheerful giver to those who are serving and teaching us. We seek no other's approval. We rest in no other approval and acceptance but Christ.
Always valuable teachings!
Father God. I have not always been a cheerful giver, when I was younger, and not saved by Your amazing grace, I had no real understanding. But now, Lord have mercy, I am changed, I see and understand the teaching of the scripture. I will no longer give grudgingly or out of being felt I must or pressured to. Father, You love a cheerful giver, and that is who I intend to be. In Jesus Mighty name I pray, Amen.
This is a worthy post. It should be shared "many many times". One of the greatest lies Satan has perpetrated against the church is that the Church only wants your money. Christians don't realize it, but it keeps them poor and shackled in debt when they're tightfisted and don't tithe, don't give offerings and don't help out fellow Christians. I recommend everyone read Genesis and Matthew through several times. The first books of the Old and New Testament respectively talk " MANY TIMES" on the importance of tithing, sowing, and giving, and its relationship to wealth. Jesus taught on money more than ANY OTHER subject, except "love". (Don't believe me, check the scriptures for yourself). I'm a tither, sower, alms-giver, and bless people materially, and this year, yes during the pandemic, God has released so much money to me, I don't know what to do with it all. I just keep tithing and sowing out of everything he gives me, and " HE KEEPS RELEASING FINANCES". Let those who have an ear to hear be blessed. "Amen"/
God the father gave his son freely.Should,not I also give freely to those who feed and instruct me in the word of God?
Hey Glendon. I think the 80/20 rule plays out in church. As a pastor, I'm convinced it's because 1) churches aren't teaching the theology of giving. We can be shy about the topic of money because we don't want to offend people. 2) People aren't coming back to the Bible to understand what God has said about our finances. But as you said, God provides. He knows our needs and meets them in both ordinary and extraordinary ways.
Thank you
Thank you; I needed this reminder. God Bless
As a Pastor I have found that if people who come to Church don't give, our Lord always finds a way to provide what is needed. His work will continue either with you or without you.
Everything I have is a gift from the Lord. When I remember that all is from Jesus to give to those who serve him is my joy. Help me Lord not to judge motive but to give freely like I have freely received. Amen
When I give it is because God has already blessed me. I am returning with a clear clean free heart what was already Gods'. I thank God that it is used to bless God's Kingdom and people and I am part of it. Amen .
Thank God for giving us another and thank you pastor Nat for the devotion Amen
I pray I give right to the church and helping man at the same time
Amen! "The Lord loves a cheerful giver". Thanks Pastor Nat for this very important reminder!
Good Word Pastor. Jesus teaches us that a laborer is worth his hire, and that which is spiritual has eternal value. He also taught us that man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.