|Issue No. 15/2018 15 April 2018 CHRISTIAN GIVING PT. 2 Owen D. Olbricht (Truth for T
We can use God’s blessings as we choose, but we must give an account as to how we use them (Matt. 25:19; Lk. 16:2; 19:15; see Acts 5:4). God expects us to be good stewards of what He has given to us. “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Pet. 4:10). Everything we have belongs to God (Acts 4:32). “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains” (1 Cor. 10:26). Paul asked, “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7). The answer to this question is “Nothing.” When we give, we are giving to God only a portion of what He has given to us.
The song “We Give Thee But Thine Own” beautifully expresses this Bible teaching:
We give Thee but Thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.
May we Thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as Thou blessest us,
To Thee our first-fruits give.
If we manage our financial affairs so that we cannot contribute abundantly to the Lord, we are not good stewards. After we have given, we must not be negligent in the way we use the rest of what we have. We are just as responsible for how we use what we keep as we are for what we give.
God has assured us that if we give liberally, we will receive liberally from Him. We will reap as we have sown (2 Cor. 9:6; Gal. 6:7). A farmer can expect a crop only according to the amount of seed he sows. If we expect God to give liberally to us, we must give generously to Him. He loves those who give from a cheerful heart (2 Cor. 9:7).
The reason God gives to us when we give to Him is not so that we can lavishly spend it on our own selfish desires. James wrote to Christians, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures” (Jas. 4:3). God blesses us in return for our giving so that we may continue to support His work:
Now 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 everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God (2 Cor. 9:10, 11).
The basis of our giving should not be selfish motives. We are not to give so that we can increase our own possessions; fulfill our desires for recreation, pleasures, and luxuries; or improve our social standing. Our motive for giving should be to support God’s work. If we put God first in the use of what we receive so as to support His work, He will see that we are cared for (Matt. 6:33) and that we will be able to continue to give for good purposes. We should give expecting God to give to us so that we can have our needs supplied and so that we will have an abundance to give to Him in return.
THE MEASURE OF A GIFT
How is the greatness of a gift determined? It can be measured by the following criteria:
1. The value of the gift. When the apostles saw rich people putting large sums of money into the temple treasury, they were impressed. Jesus was not. He did not say that their gifts were unacceptable, but He said that their gifts were not the greatest gifts (Mk. 12:41-44).
2. The amount of the gift compared to what the giver has. “It is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have” (2 Cor. 8:12). Jesus said that the poor widow gave more than anyone else because the rich gave of their surplus but she gave all that she had to live on (Mk. 12:41-44).
3. The cost to the giver. David wanted to purchase a threshing floor owned by Araunah in order to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. In deference to King David, Araunah was willing to give him this property. David responded, “I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing” (2 Sam. 24:24b).
4. The value to the giver. A gift might be very costly; but unless it has importance to the giver, his giving is worthless or of little value. God redeemed us with the precious blood of Jesus (1 Pet. 1:18, 19). Jesus was prized above all the hosts of heaven, so He was the greatest gift heaven could give.
5. Personal involvement of the giver. The Macedonians not only gave their gifts, but they also gave themselves (2 Cor. 8:5). Many times it is easier to give money than to give our time or give of ourselves to meet the needs of others.
K. L. FAMILY NEWS
Our theme for April is “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
Please pray for sis. Chong Ah Kooi (sis. Soh Chin’s mother, recovery from broken thigh bone).
FRIDAY BIBLE CLASS
Bro. Ganga will be teaching on Book of 2 Peter on 20 April 2018 at 7.00pm – 8.00 pm.
MEETINGS WITH JOHN MOORE BY KKCOC ON SAT, 21 APRIL 2018
9.15am-4.00pm IMPACT DAY at Space Seven, Setia Alam. This conference will promote the specific goal of spiritual refreshment and empowerment for young adults between 20-35 years of age (below 20 are welcome).
8.00pm-9.30pm GOSPEL MEETING AT KLANG COC. “Staying Positive When Things Go Wrong”.
SPEAKER FOR 22 APRIL 2018
Bro. Edward Low from Subang Jaya will be speaking on the topic of “A Character of Perseverance, Hope and Faith – Hannah” (1 Sam. 1-3) on 22 April 2018.
2nd INTER-CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH GROWTH SEMINAR
The Seminar is organised by the Klang Congregation but will be held at the Subang Jaya church premises on 1 May 2018 from 8.30am – 12.15pm. Speakers are bro. Steven Chan, bro. John Quek and bro. Eng Kim Leng with bro. Lee Chee Thim as facilitator. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
VISITORS/VISITING BRETHREN (LAST WEEK)
Tamil Worship – Gloria (KL)
English Worship – bro. Chandran (India)
SERMON FOR TODAY
Speaker: Charlie Chan
Title: What Good Works Christians Must Do?
Text: Matt. 25:31-46
Those to Serve 15 April 22 April
Song Leader Robert Ong Chee Keong
Opening Prayer Patrick Chew Ganga
Lord’s Table Chee Keong Patrick Chew
Server Yixen Yap Ah Peng
Reader Lawrence Yixen
Announcer Ganga Robert Ong
Teacher Rajandran Rajandran
Lesson 1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians
Communion Set Jenny Leong Tang Ai Ngik
Floral Display Veronica Christine Marie
Statistics Last Week
English Worship 22
Tamil Worship 9
Hearing Impaired 3
Total Worship Attendance 34
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