Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher well known in his day, was once invited by a wealthy man to come to preach in a certain country church in order to help the membership raise funds to pay off a debt. The man told Spurgeon he was free to use his country house, his town house, or his seaside home. Spurgeon wrote back and said, “Sell one of the places and pay the debt yourself.”
We can all listen to the preacher’s sermon, listen to the choir sing, but when it comes to giving, we become impatient and resentful whenever the topic is being discussed. That is not what Christ teaches. 2 Corinthians 8:7 says, “But just you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.” This “work” was giving to help the church in Jerusalem, something that the Macedonians felt compelled to do. Christ openly discusses this issue because He said this very thing will determine who will be our master (Matthew 6:24). Also, this is the issue that will determine who or what will direct or control our lives, because “the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.” (1 Timothy 6:10).
Some people give grudgingly, some people sow and reap, but the one who pleases Christ and He blesses bountifully, is the one who gives freely (2 Corinthians 9:6-15). This is because the person has decided to be His disciple. (Luke 14:33: “So therefore, no one of you can be my disciple who does not give up all his own possession.”) God is not saying that we must give Him our entire pay check. He is saying that we must see our pay check as a blessing from Him and it must be used for His glory, in our homes and His church. We must decide to trust Christ for everything and obey Him in everything. This is why the call to give is a call to obedience. This is one of the commitments we must make that will drive our call to be His disciple. This is why Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:7; “Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
The call to be a giver for the furtherance of God’s kingdom will determine who wants to be saved and just a member of God’s family, or who wants to be a disciple and be blessed continually (Luke 8:38). It is a challenge that would change your life (2 Corinthians 9:10-15).
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