TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, January 09, 2018:
Make a present of; donate; convey; bestow.
Jesus said, the poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury. Mark 12:43.
When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Matthew 6:3.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The above two verses give us two principles that apply to our spirit of giving back to the Lord a portion of what He has given us. The first principle is that it is not the size of the gift that matters. The second principle is that we need to give without fanfare. In other words we do not need to announce that we give anything to anyone.
The first principle is given to us when Jesus told about the poor woman who brought two small coins to the temple to give to God. Jesus told His disciples that the widow had put in more than all the others because she gave sacrificially, all that she owned, and the rest gave from their surplus.
What God is teaching us in the second principle is that when we give we are giving unto the Lord and not to gain favor from others or make ourselves look good. Even if we have a small amount to give and we give it unto the Lord He will not only bless the gift but also the giver.
Both of us were taught about giving when we were very young. We learned to give from our small allowance. In both of our cases our parents taught us that one tenth of what we received was not ours. It belonged to God. If we were given one dollar as an allowance we needed to put ten cents away to be taken to church as our tithe to God from what we earned. We taught this to our children and our children have been teaching their children the same.
We made our commitment, before we were married, to give at least ten percent of what we earned back to the Lord, and always the first tenth. If it was not the first tenth, we would no doubt not kept our commitment because we would have spent all our money on things for ourselves.
God also called us, before we were married, to give our time to Him. We have done this all of our married life by working hard to help hurting and hungry children both physically and spiritually and God has blessed us abundantly.
Now in our advanced years we continue to give of our time to Him. We take no income from THE HUNGER SOLUTION. We write these devotionals new every day and send them daily to about 40,000 email addresses. We also sponsor food boxes to the hungry both here in America and in third world countries. We work with third world ministries by sponsoring Bibles for new converts. Just look at our web site to see what God is doing with no one being paid, all volunteers, doing what we believe honors our Lord. www.thehungersolution.org To God be the glory.
You may ask “Where do you get the funds to do what you are doing?” It is from wonderful friends like you who honor the Lord by giving a portion of what they have to show God’s love to others. Again go to our web site and you can click on “DONATE” or see our mailing address.
Out of our love for God we need to obey Him by doing what He tells us to do. We can assure you that God will bless you just as He has blessed us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Romans 8:14.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Help every person that receives this devotional today to be encouraged to follow Your commandment by giving back to You a tithe of what they earn. Give each person direction as to where to give that best honors Your name. Help us all to be good stewards of the many blessings you have given us.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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