Week Four – Day 3

Poor-and-Hungry

TODAY’S FAST – Eat only eggs for breakfast – Only rice, beans and vegetables for lunch and dinner. See page 60 for cooking instuctions.

Devotional:

Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Money is an instrument for blessing.  It is not necessarily an indicator of blessing. If we hold on to our money or possessions when we know God has asked us to generously give, then these things become a curse to us instead of a blessing. But when we release the resources that God has placed in our hand, we become more than financial stewards: we become spiritual stewards. We are privileged to act in a small way how Jesus acted with us. We express a genuine love (v. 8) for Christ and for others when we are generous.

Has the providence of God brought you abundance, comfort, and stability for your own benefit alone? Or could it be that this is an opportunity for you to know the love of Christ in a different way? There is certainly enough lack, enough people who need help, that you can find at least a small way to be generous. This is more than a call to tipping beyond the customary 15%. We are to be generous to those in need without receiving anything, or even expecting anything in return—not even a “thank you.”  We are to give abundantly and anonymously. It’s right that we make sure our speech, our faith, our knowledge, our motivation, and our love are shaped by the gospel (v. 7). So let the gospel shape your generosity as well. Christ set aside His riches for us.  Will you return what He has given you?

Prayer Focus: 

Pray that you would be satisfied, content and grateful with the blessings God has provided to you.
Pray for the hungry and naked children of the world – remembering that 16 million children die of hunger each year.

Key Verse:

“I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 8:8-9 NIV

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