Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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October 12 – Blessed For Every Good Work

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.  As it is written, ‘He has distributed freely, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.’  He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” 2 Cor. 9:7-11

Devotional Thought For The Day

The apostle gives us wise advice on how to think about our earnings, our possessions, our wealth, and our “giving” to God. The critical thing is to understand that all that we have is the result of God having “distributed freely” to us.  Everything that we have and own comes from Him Who “supplies seed to the sower and bread for food.”  We are assured that He will continue to bless us in this way.

The purpose of His giving is not only for our physical sustenance and survival, but that we may “abound in every good work.” He continues to enrich our lives “in every way” for a purpose – that we might “be generous in every way.” Ultimately, this exercise of His gracious giving – making “all grace abound to you” – is that faith, praise, and thanksgiving to God may also abound. Goodness and relationship is what ultimately matters – knowing God’s goodness, rejoicing in His love, and extending His good to others [out of reverence for Him, to honor Him] so that they too might know Him and praise Him.

We do not give in order to “earn” or “gain” something from Him.  If this were the case, we would not be giving “cheerfully” but rather out of compulsion and selfishness.  In fact, the one who gives in this way demonstrates ignorance of God and unbelief – they do not know His love, His blessing, His grace, and His promise to continue blessing us.  So it is critical that we know and believe the love that He has for us – especially His love revealed to us in Christ Jesus, His gracious gifts of forgiveness, peace with God, salvation, and eternal life – so that we also may love Him.

Only out of this relationship of love, knowing God’s love and having a corresponding love for Him, can we be “cheerful givers.”  We consider it a great privilege to give generously, knowing that “inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it unto Me.” [Matt. 25:40]  An additional promise is given, a reality asserted about such cheerful givers – God is pleased with them and loves them! May our prayers be not so much concerned about ourselves, our wealth, pleasures, and luxuries, but rather about “having all sufficiency in all things at all times” so that we “may abound in every good work.”  Such thinking, such faith, such trust in His great love for us and in His Word, is greatly pleasing to God – and demonstrates our love for Him.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, how difficult it is for us to be weaned away from the selfishness and common sense that we are born with and learn from others. Instruct us through Your Word, that we may know and believe how all blessings come to us, and for what purpose. Remind us daily of Your gracious forgiveness and mercy, and of the great blessedness that is soon to come to us. Make us cheerful givers, who out of love for You are eager to abound in every good work.  Amen.