Do you have a stash of unwanted Christmas/birthday gifts that people gave you hidden deep in your cupboard? Odd candles, odd socks, odd ornaments - those odd sorts of things. Ever get tempted to re-gift some of them?
A lot of the time, our giving to God is done in the same way. We use all our money to pay our bills, treat ourselves, buy what we want and if there's a bit left over that we don't need, that bit goes into the offering plate. Would you own up to regifting to Jesus? Course not. It would be fairly insulting.
Our giving should be motivated by thankfulness for what Jesus has done for us. Paul writes: '... though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich' (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV). Understanding our gracious and generous God is core to getting our giving right - it's worth stopping and thinking about that before continuing a life of compromised giving!
So what now? Do you give to God? If so, what do you give and where does it come from? Is it borrowed, earned, scrounged, left-overs? Does it really cost you to give it? Have a little review today.
SoulFood: Gen 25:19 - 27:46, John 14:26 - 15:4, Ps 146, Pr 31:18-21
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd