Unspeakable Joy Devotional

6th July

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If I Had More Money I Would……Often the first thing we think in response to our struggles is “if only I had enough friends, or if only I had more money, then Jesus would be enough.” But the message of the gospel is that Jesus is always enough.

2 Corinthians 8:10-12 “And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”

People hate to hear churches talk about money. And I can’t say that I blame them. Too many times churches have abused the generosity of others or given the impression that money is what’s most important.

The problem is magnified when we see how much the Bible talks about money. It means that churches should talk about money yet walk the fine line of doing so in a way that points people closer to God rather than further away. In the verse above, Paul is writing to a church in the city of Corinth. This church had become key financial contributors to ministry and in this specific example they were collecting offerings to be distributed to the poor in Jerusalem.

We learn great things from this passage. First, the people of this church were the first to have a desire to give. Second, Paul tells them to not just have the desire, but to finish the work. In other words, to take the desire to do what is right financially and actually do it! He reminds them and us that the amount doesn’t matter. Some can give a little and some can give a lot-what matters is giving in relation to what God has provided. Paul is teaching that God only cares that we are being obedient and that He isn’t impressed with our amount. It would be better for a poor person to give a tenth of $1 than for a rich person to give less than a tenth but more money.

Being a giver is a reflection of what we truly believe about our heavenly Father because he was the ultimate giver in giving his son. When you examine all areas of your life, do you see the alignment in your finances? Are you giving back to God the first tenth of what he gives to you first? Generosity is not something God wants from you. It’s something he wants for you.

Thank you, God for all that you have given to me. I recognize that all the things that I have are true gifts from you. Give me the desire to give back a portion to You like the church in Corinth. I want to commit to start doing so today. Give me the faith that You will take care of me and bless me according to my obedience and faith.

2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich.”

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