June 4, 2020 – Proportionate Giving

Read 1 Corinthians 16

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 


This world loves big givers. When a person gives a substantial donation, their name is usually inscribed on a plaque in appreciation of their gift. When we visited the creation museum, there was a large display showing those who had given substantially to the building of the “Ark Encounter.” There is nothing wrong with showing appreciation for a gift.  Paul’s words of appreciation are written in his writings for those who gave to his work.
But God doesn’t look at the amount that is given. God looks at the sacrifice that was made. We read in Ephesians 5:2,  “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
There is a difference between an offering and a sacrifice. Some can give a large amount without giving sacrificially. To them, it is simply an offering. To others, their small gift could be a great sacrifice and an offering. The difference is what they have to go without in order to give that amount. The man who has a great deal of money doesn’t have to go without anything to give substantially, but the impoverished one will give up something of value to give his gift. 
God has not asked us to give what we do not possess. “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.” (2 Corinthians 8:12) 
God has asked us to give proportionately. Our key verse today says that we are to give “as God has prospered us.”  It depends then on how much God has given. A man can give a great deal of money but still consider that the rest of the money that he has belongs to him. Therefore, he does not have a desire to give more, because God has only given so much.
Another can give not only of his surplus but also of his need because he believes that God has given everything to him. The more God has given to us, the more we want to give back to Him. Those who see great blessings from God will give more than those who see a small amount that God has invested in their life. 

God does not need our money. He wants our money simply because “where our treasure is, that’s where our heart will be.” He wants our hearts.


 An Exercise to Increase my Faith: Write down the top ten things that God has given you. Keep them in your Bible for a week and thank Him each day of that week for the good gifts that He has given. As you thank Him, consider what other things should be added to your list. 


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