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April 5, 2024

SACRIFICIAL GIVING



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.

Philippians 4:14-18 NLT

 

TODAY’S THOUGHT

Paul pauses in his letter to express thanks for the financial gifts that believers have sent to him. In giving thanks Paul states that their gifts were “a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.” 

 

When we give to support the work of God’s kingdom through God’s servants we are giving to God. Paul using the word picture of the Old Testament act of bringing a sacrifice to the priest who would burn the sacrifice on the altar. The smoke from the altar got the attention of God who responded to the sacrifice of the people.

 

We do not give to get but when we give, we get the attention of God. Our sacrificial giving becomes a “sweet-smelling sacrifice” to God. 

 

Paul was quick to tell them he was not saying these things to get an offering from them. He was not using manipulation as a tool for personal gain. He was not bragging on them to twist their arm for more money. He was encouraging them because their generosity had a tremendous impact on his life and the work of the kingdom.

 

I believe God always responds to sacrificial giving. He notices when we give of our time, talent, and treasure. He responds to our hearts of giving by releasing blessings into our lives. 

 

Is there someone in your world that has a need you can meet today? When you give of your time, talent, and treasure you are the winner.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit help me to be a generous person. Help me to live a life of sacrificial giving.

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I want to be known as a giver.

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Lord as you know my heart . I give what I can and when I can. There was actually a time I wasn’t attending church. Now that I’m back and I’m giving I feel you always giving back to me tenfold. Thank you for all you do Lord.

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