Giving to God

Today, I began my day and the beginning of the Advent season by reading a devotional written by Dr. Billy Graham. It is entitled Giving to God. I find it fitting for this "Giving" season.

"Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase." Proverbs 3:9

"God doesn't "need" our money to get His work done. He is sovereign and could do it without our help. Yet He has arranged it so that His work often depends on our generosity.

At least two things happen when we give. First, when we give with the right attitude, God reminds us that what we have ins't really ours. He gave us everything we have, and it actually belongs to Him. King David prayed, "All things come from You, and of Your own we have given You" (IChron. 29:14). We need to learn that truth.

Second, when we give, we help meet the needs of others whom God also loves. By giving to others we testify to God's love for them, and we point them to the greatest gift of all--God's gift of His Son for our salvation.

Someone has said that our lives should resemble channels, not reservoirs. A reservoir stores water; a channel distributes it. God wants us to be channels of blessing to others. Are you?"

As we enter this season may we be the channel of generousiy God wants us to be.