Monday, April 9

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Acts 20:35

Have you ever met someone who is truly generous? You know the person who pays for the meal and never reminds you of it? Isn’t our heavenly Father just like that. When we first start walking with Him, He provides all of our needs and gives to us over and over. As we grow in the Lord, our desire to give increases. We begin to truly experience that it is more blessed to give than receive.


Tuesday, April 10

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

This short parable speaks of the discovery of a treasure that prompts a radical response. In order to obtain this treasure, the man must sell everything. Note what motivates the man in the story to sell all he has and acquire the treasure. It is joy. Participating in the work of the kingdom of Jesus Christ brings great joy.


Wednesday, April 11

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:10

It is clear, from this verse, that money isn’t evil but the love of money is. There is nothing wrong with earning money, spending money or saving money. Pursuing money and loving money can put us on a slippery slope.

It can be a road that does not lead to God. It can hamper our pursuit of Him.

Do we pursue God with the same energy that we pursue money?


Thursday, April 12

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Here Paul speaks of giving money to the Lord. In the Greek language, it is speaking of a predetermined, premeditated plan of action in our giving. Our attitude is important. We should be cheerful, hilarious givers. Giving with great joy because of what God has given to us. God blesses us not so we can indulge but so that we can be generous to others.


Friday, April 13

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:7-8

Paul understood this truth. Though he had accomplished much in his life, he counted it all as loss in light of what Jesus did for him. As you walk through this day, do you want to lean on your own strength or lean on the Jesus and find great fulfillment?