By Pastor Robert Jewett
Have you ever noticed that the most generous people are often the most content people? How is it that when given the opportunity, to give or to keep their resources for themselves, those who give are the most blessed? The same questions hold true for the exact opposite. How is that the people who are not generous are often the ones in constant want? How is it that they never seem to have enough to get by?
For the believer, the answer is simple. Jesus said that our entire lives, everything that we are, should be in whole-hearted devotion to God. He said that our primary focus is to love God with everything that is in us. Jesus continued and said that we are also to love our neighbor as ourselves. By satisfying these two commandments, all of God’s Law is fulfilled (Matt. 22:37-40).
So what does this have to do with giving or not giving? When we love God whole-heartedly, we put him above everything else…including material gain. We willingly use our resources in areas that matter to God. We invest in things that have eternal value.
The amazing thing is that when we obey God and give freely, we are blessed in return. Whereas, when we are greedy and do not give freely, we are constantly in want (Prov. 11:24). The apostle Paul puts it this way: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor. 9:6). You see, in God’s economy, you can never out-give him (Prov. 3:9-10).
Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.