Tuesday's mega millions jackpot was $1.6 billion. This is no encouragement to play the lottery. Odds to win were 1 in 300 million. Much greater chance of being hit by lightning in your lifetime, 1 in12,000. Observation: people have no problem giving to something if they’re excited about it.
2 Cor. 5:14-15. About the incentive to give. Christ’s love compels us... and those who live for Him should no longer live for themselves. 2Co 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. We are richer than whoever won 1.6 billion because we know the Lord.
Compelled to give - not by way of commandment, not under compulsion, God loves a cheerful giver. And yet, so many are unmotivated. Just talk about diet and exercise. Many want the results but don’t want the sacrifice necessary to get there. It’s no different in service and giving to the Lord. People want the results, they just don’t want to sacrifice and are not motivated to do so.
We should want to be involved, Paul says. We shouldn’t feel like we have to. One thing only should compel us to give, the fact that we are redeemed. We have been bought with a terrific price. Without it, we would be enslaved and dying in our sins.
But also, He elevates us to far greater positions with a citizenship in heaven. And furthermore we are assisted, angels minister to us, something we don’t think about often because we don’t see them. And we have a high priest who intercedes for us. And, we have been glorified, Rom 8:30. And blessings have been lavished upon us.
What do you mean by commandment or compulsion? These are all the motivation I need. Let’s look at the example of the Macedonians. 2Cor8:5. They exceeded our expectations, they gave themselves first of all to the Lord and then to us by the will of God. The Macedonians were all in because they saw the same motivation we just mentioned. And they did this with an abundance of joy despite very great trial and gave beyond their ability. They begged for the opportunity.
Romans 12:1, present ourselves as a living sacrifice, which is our reasonable service. Once you get there, 4 things will follow:
Time, you won’t begrudge whatever time you need to give, whatever time it takes.
Worship. I don’t have to,praise Him, I must praise Him.
Service. Helping His people, advancing His cause, is reasonable and it is gratifying
Money. As we consider our resources and what is given to the church, understanding this is not the only realm of our giving, consider we are invested in a work that only we can support in this part of the world. Proclaiming the greatest message that is given in all the world.
What’s great about Gods system is it doesn’t matter how much you have, only your readiness and eagerness to give it. 1Cor 6:19-20. You are not your own, you were bought with a price. This solves a lot of worldly problems like fornication and pornography, our body is not for that. It is the Lords.