Day 20 ~ EXude Gratitude
“For you know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8: 9)
There it is – the reason for, the model for, the example for our giving – in the grace and the sacrifice of Christ himself.
The most familiar, and perhaps most important, words in the New Testament are found in John 3:16. “For God so loved … He gave … His only Son … that everyone who believes in Him … might have eternal life.”
God so loved … you … that He gave … His Son … that you … might have eternal life. Now each of us knows what “sacrificial giving” truly means. In God’s heart, you were worth it.
Has this church blessed and shaped and changed your life? Maybe you have never been a part of a capital campaign in this congregation. If that is true, then this church exists with the tools and the facilities to serve you in Christ’s name only because of the sacrifice and the gifts of others. For them, you were worth it.
Maybe you have been a part of this church for a long time. Maybe you have made sacrifices before so that this church could minister to people in Christ name. If so, then you have seen the lives of many people change because of what you have given. Was it worth what you have given? You know it was worth it – and you know that this new commitment will be translated into stories of faith that you can scarcely imagine. You know it will be worth it.
God gave … other people of faith have given … now it is time for your faithful, hopeful, joyful response. “Now finish doing this, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has.” (2 Corinthians 8: 11-12)
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the inexpressible grace You have given to me. Bless my gift, and use my gift to bless others in Your name.
Action item: Follow through! Make the pledge commitment that you feel right about and joyful about in your heart. And over the next several years, as you see God’s grace work wonders in people’s lives, in part through your gift, ask yourself – was it worth it?