April 29, 2016

Read 2 Corinthians 8:9

When giving is mentioned in sermons and Bible studies in today’s church it is often met with mixed emotions. In fact, I remember a time in my life when I assumed that anytime the pastor mentioned giving, it must mean the church was in need of more money.  I will be the first to admit that there have been times in my life when I haven’t been the most cheerful giver; however, giving is essential to our Christian lives and our worship.

At the most basic level giving is a matter of obedience.  There are verses in both the Old and New Testaments instructing us to give, but scripture also explains why we give and what why we benefit from giving. Giving is just one way for us to submit to God’s lordship in our lives and provides a way for us to express our trust in God and his provision for our lives.  

Ultimately, giving (both of our time and money) is worshiping through sacrifice.  Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians, “Though He (Christ) was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich.”  Christ gave us everything by leaving heaven to come to earth, leading a perfect life, and dying for our sins.  By giving sacrificially, we thank God for the priceless gift He has given us. 

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.