Giving and Our Gifts

“Even our best works are tainted with sinful motives, deserving of God’s judgment. God does not need our money or our help, yet He graciously allows us to serve His purposes. He receives & uses the gifts we give Him, not because they are good, but because He is good. No matter how good we think we are, we still need Jesus. He is the only way”–John Kincaid.

“For every beast of the field is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10).

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22).

“What influence has God entrusted to you? How are you using that influence to exalt Jesus and help people follow him? At what price? C.S. Lewis, when asked how much Christians should give, offered this wisdom: ‘I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare’ “–Jim Denison.

“When we say ‘I gave my heart to Jesus’, we seldom think about what that means: all of me. My resources, my time and energy, my devotion, my thoughts, my dreams, and desires–He wants it all. . . . Matthew would have been a very wealthy man if he remained in his job as tax collector. Luke records 2 words that Matthew was too modest to mention. Luke 5:27-28 (vs. Matt 9:9) ‘After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.’ Matthew left everything to follow Jesus; Matthew was willing to do what the rich young man would not”–John Kincaid.

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:16-17).

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