PJ’s Daily Devotional for Thursday, January 19, 2017
How can I begin to express to you what Jesus Christ has done for God’s beloved children?
Paul says of Jesus in 2 Corinthians 10:15, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
I could write to you page after page, sit with you and talk hour after hour, preach the Gospel Sunday after Sunday and still fall short of who God is and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ. There are not enough words in human language, artistic impressions in the human soul, notes on the myriad of musical instruments, or range in the human voice to capture and celebrate the fullness of God’s indescribable gift.
Paul’s 13 letters in the New Testament are all written to proclaim Jesus Christ and exhort the Church how to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This letter to the Corinthians is no exception! In fact, chapter 9 of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians is all about money and making acceptable offerings to the Lord for the sake of His Kingdom of earth.
Money matters because how you spend money shows what you value! I don’t like to talk a lot about money in the church because it is overemphasized in so many churches; honestly the church in America has a bad reputation (some of which is well deserved!) for a preoccupation with money. Even so, I must talk about what is on God’s heart and clearly, through Jesus and the New Testament writers, money matters! How we invest our resources, no matter how limited we may think they are, matters to God!
I encourage you to read 2 Corinthians 9, especially verses 6-15. You will find some beautiful teaching and powerful promises that have the potential to liberate you from fear and insecurity, as well as elevate your worship to a God who loves you in ways that words cannot fully express!
Where language fails us to give God glory, our actions can fill in the gaps!
When our financial giving falls short of God’s exhortations found in this chapter, we will find that our praise and adoration of God falls flat, because giving God glory flows from our heart. As Jesus Christ taught, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
I leave you today to ponder the one linear equation of the New Covenant, penned by Paul in today’s Bible Reading, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). It’s a promise!
It is my heart’s desire that you will decide today to sow bountifully so that God can reap a bountiful harvest in your life.
Can you take God at His Word? As God says in Malachi 3:8-12, “put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need” (10).
What is holding you back from expressing in words and actions your gratitude for the indescribable gift you have received in Jesus Christ?