Sunday, January 19, 2014

Keep It Going

GOD doesn't expect us to be perfect, but HE does ask us to be consistent. As Grandpa Francis prayed in this offertory:

OUR FATHER, please accept this offering this day. May it show our appreciation of all the good things YOU have given us. May we continue to give so that we can continue YOUR word to all Christians throughout the world. This we ask in YOUR NAME.

Part of showing appreciation is consistent giving, in terms of how we give. In 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (NIV) Paul praises the Macedonian church: "And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that GOD has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the LORD’s people."

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) also tells us: "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor in the LORD is not in vain."

You may not see it now, you may not see it a few days from now, but your giving will bear fruit. Just trust GOD.

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