Daily Devotion - November 7, 2020 - Principle 5: Make, Save, Give

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – November 7, 2020
Reading:
2 Corinthians 9
Weekly Theme: Godly Principles that Give Life
Today: Principle 5: Make, Save, Give

John Wesley, who started a movement we now call Methodism, is noted for many quotes but one of his greatest quotes was “make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” Not only did John Wesley say this... he said it because as he matured in life, he realized the spiritual significance of giving away more than you receive. The story is told that he was staying in a room in his time at Oxford and noticed that the chambermaid was wearing threadbare clothing. He reached into his pockets and discovered that he had no change to give her. As he considered her plight, he looked around his room and made note of some expensive art work he had recently purchased and became convicted in a way that changed his life from that day forward. He asked himself, “Will thy Master say, ‘Well done, good and faithful steward?’ Thou hast adorned thy walls with the money which might have screened this poor creature from the cold! O justice! O mercy! Are not these pictures the blood of this poor maid?” From that day forward, he began to make all he could make, so that he could save all he could save...so that he could give all that he could give. He was convicted so much that he grew from giving 6% to 75% of his earnings. He figured out the bare minimum he needed to survive and gave away the rest to those in need. He went far beyond what God requests of us, to giving away a large percentage of what he earned.

Today’s passage from God’s Word inspires us to do the same. In verse 9, the essence of this Godly principle is described as distributing freely, giving to the poor resulting in an enduring righteousness that forever. God wants us to give cheerfully and freely and not out of compulsion. The benefit for us is righteousness --- not self-righteousness, but righteousness which comes from being spiritually formed by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the story of John Wesley described above, the Holy Spirit worked through a threadbare dressed housekeeper who never opened her mouth to ask for a penny from Wesely, but whose appearance convicted and inspired Wesley to change his lifestyle and philosophy about giving from that day forward.

Making all you can, saving all you can and giving all you can is not a principle that we live because it makes us feel good, or makes us feel less guilty, or makes us prosperous. It is something we do because it enriches our lives spiritually and produces in us a thanksgiving to God. It also is a way that we confess and profess our faith in God by illustrating God’s grace and mercy towards others. God wants us to be motivated, inspired and convicted to give. Conviction and guilt are not the same thing... conviction moves us to change our ways, while guilt destroys our spirit.

Today’s principle is not meant to make anyone feel guilty but rather is meant to move us to self-examination of how we are using the gifts and blessings with which God has blessed us to help further God’s kingdom and bless the lives of others. God wants us to give as much as we can but to do it cheerfully. How are you using the spiritual gifts and resources God has given you? How might you be changed by the witness of Paul to the Corinthians and the witness of John Wesley to give more of yourself and your talents? Think and pray about it.

Dear God, thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon me throughout my life. Give me a generous and cheerful heart, open my eyes to those in need and move me to give all I can. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

 

 
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