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1 Corinthians 16:1-2
1 Corinthians 16:1–2 (ESV): "Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come."
Others-centered living is the heartbeat of the Gospel. Jesus was willing to give all of what He had to help the poor in spirit and we are to do all that we can to help the financially poor, especially believers. Giving financially to the body of Christ is a discipline we should be actively participating in.
How gracious is God that He would provide beyond what we truly need? He gives to us in excess because He is a generous God. He desires for us to be the same. We are to be generous with our finances so that those in need can be taken care of. This is supposed to be an ongoing discipline in our lives. That means we aren't giving because there is a need but it is an act of worship to God in obedience to His Word.
How generous do you consider yourself to be? Is it your joy to bless others financially or do you give begrudgingly? God desires for us to be cheerful givers. The more others-centered we are the more cheerful and generous we will be. This is the heartbeat of the Gospel. In the words of Dave Ramsey, we want to "give like no one else, so we can give and live like no one else." Make this a regular discipline in your life and you will be far more blessed, for it is better to give than receive, amen?
Father, we thank You for your generosity towards us in every way possible. You are the definition of being others-centered. May we become like You in this way that we care about others more than ourselves we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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