Some of the ladies met Thursday morning as they continued the Bible study, “The Power of a Praying Life.” The topic for study was, “Speak words that bring life.” The Book of James and Proverbs have much to say about the impact of the words that we say and Jesus warned us that we will have to give an account for every idle word we speak.
The Youth group sang a special song Sunday morning, before Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message from Luke 6:38 on, “God’s recipe for blessings.”
Luke 6:38 starts out, “Give, and it shall be given unto you…” Implying that you will give something first and receive later in proportion as you have given. It is true in business and society. We give our time, talents and efforts and expect to receive a fair wage or other payment. If we are giving something to God we will find that God is more than generous with his giving to us. Giving is not limited to money, but also time and talent. Nothing given to God will fail to bring back more than was given.
God’s recipe for blessing implies that we have given with the right spirit. We have given without selfishness and have acknowledged that all good things have come from God, that God is Creator and all things belong to him. We do not have the attitude that all the things we possess are, “Mine, mine, mine.” We do not just look for our own well-being, but for the well-being of others. Whatever we have given, it was not given grudgingly, but a with sense of joy and an attitude of love.
God’s kind of giving also implies that we don’t allow greed to control us. We are content to live within our means and won’t go into debt to impress the neighbors or for bigger “toys and tech.” Giving back to God is done systematically according to what he has given us. When we manage our resources, we should not leave God out of the picture. If we find ourselves in debt for non-essentials, get out of debt as soon as possible.
God blesses those who make giving to the Lord a priority. It is doubtful that a person who tithes will starve to death. Many people have testified that when money was tight, they tithed to the Lord anyway, and somehow God blessed the rest so that they did not have to go without other provision and the bills were paid. The promise in Luke says that when we give, God returns with good measure, pressed down, and running over.
Give in faith and let God give the increase. Whatever we give to the Lord, whether it is money or service, we can be sure that God will never fail to do what he has said he would do for us. God does all things well. Our heavenly Father knows what we need. He will supply all our needs and many other blessings besides.