PJ’s Daily Devotional for Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Did you know that being generous brings glory to God?
Listen to Paul’s motive sentence in this chapter on giving, “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” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
What we do in this life is to reflect what Christ has done to give us eternal life! This is what it means to give God glory—to extol and celebrate His character and attributes; to make Him known; to proclaim His goodness and grace for others to see.
Generosity gives glory to God because that is who our God is—we serve a generous God! We serve the One who willingly and lovingly poured out everything, including the life of His one and only Son, so that we might come to know Him and be with Him for eternity. Jesus Christ made us rich through his glorious generosity; this is the gift of our salvation made possibly only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary!
This is the extravagant love of John 3:16! Have you ever given an extravagant gift to another person? How did it make you feel? What does it do to you when you willingly give a lot to someone you love?
Glorious generosity refines us like fire! An ancient Chinese proverb said, “God is tested by fire, man by gold.” The ancient Hebrew proverb of King Solomon states, “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts” (Proverbs 17:3).
What does your giving say about your heart?
If God did not hold back anything from us, how do we view the gifts we give to Him as precious in His sight—as glorifying to God—if our hearts are begrudging or filled with anxiety when we give. We need to rethink giving in the contemporary church: our giving is worship to who God is; our giving is the celebration of what Christ gave to us; our giving is freedom from our insecurity and self-centered lifestyles; and our giving is glorious generosity for all to see and witness to what Christ has first done for us—the transformation of our story through the glorious Gospel!
Does your giving testify to how your story has been transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ?