Week Four – Day 2

Poor-and-Hungry

TODAY’S FAST – Eat a Normal Breakfast and Only Soup for Lunch and Dinner.

Devotional:

John D. Rockefeller is quoted as saying, “I never would have been able to tithe on the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed on my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.”  God has given us so much in this nation, and He has the expectation that we will use it to help others.  One of the best ways we can help others is to tithe—in other words, to give 10 percent of our income to the church.  (At this point, some of you may ask: Ten percent of my gross income, or net income?  If this question gives you pause, you’ve already missed the point.)  This giving supports the ministry of the gospel—the Bread of Life is distributed both literally and figuratively here in our own community, and around the world.  Sometimes we struggle with the temptation to try to hold on to everything we have, mentally defending ourselves against charges of selfishness by telling ourselves that when we have more, we’ll give more.  However, this is simply not true.  A person who is unwilling to give 10 dollars out of 100 will certainly not be willing to give 100 out of 1,000.  Yet the more God gives us, the more He expects from us.

Why is giving sometimes so hard for us?  Because we worship money.  Not all of us—but if giving is a struggle for you, then money has become an idol.  I urge you to give God your worship by giving Him your money.  As pastor and author Brian Kluth has said, “No church ever has a money problem, only a faithfulness problem.”  Let’s choose today to be faithful.

Prayer Focus: 

This week pray for those that you encounter in your life who can’t help themselves. Be willing to allow God to give you a heart that loves people (all people) as if they were Jesus, and act on it. Pray also for nations that are starving, and pray for willingness from God to help you be part of the solution..

Key Verse:

“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Luke 12:48 NIV

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