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Thursday, June 21 2018

Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai

INTRODUCTION

During last week’s study we learnt how with more money we can have more ministry. We saw the important role money plays in sending out ministers to reach the unreached. And more especially learnt about generous grace giving. In today’s study we will be looking at entering into partnership with God.

There are two great privileges that God has given to man. The first is salvation, which is the privilege to come into an intimate and eternal relationship with God, to be unified with Him in love. The second greatest privilege is to serve God with good works, which He performs through us as we allow Him to do so. Both privileges are a result of God’s grace.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

WHAT IS PARTNERING WITH GOD?

It is a purposeful relationship with the Almighty where you and Him “pool” resources together (money, time, skills, grace, etc.) all for the sole purpose of advancing His kingdom on earth; bearing in mind I Chronicles 29:14 that says: “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. Having said that, God owes no man and will reward you! (Read Matthew 6:33, 19:29, Hebrews 6:10).

WAYS OF PARTNERING WITH GOD

There are several ways we can go into partnership with God and be part of what God is doing in the world today:

  1. Engaging in the actual service of the Father; locally and internationally.

Ephesians 6:7 AMP says: “Rendering service readily with goodwill, as to the Lord and not to men,” 

To render service readily means to render service enthusiastically, gladly and cheerfully.

And to render it with goodwill refers to rendering service with willingness, concern and kindness.

  1. Through giving: Tithing to our local church and giving offerings/seeds to other worthy ministries

Luke 8:1-3 tells us of those who gave to the ministry of Jesus

“Soon afterward, Jesus began going around from one city and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve [disciples] were with Him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, called Magdalene [from the city of Magdala in Galilee], from whom seven demons had come out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means [as was the custom for a rabbi’s disciples]. AMP Also read Acts 4:32-35

No matter what option we have been given the grace to engage in, our motive and purpose for giving should be pure and unselfish.

The ultimate motive that should drive every one of us is Love (1 Cor.13:1-3)

MOTIVES FOR SERVICE – Watch out for Pitfalls

  1. Make sure you are not motivated by Eye Service. Ephesians 6:6 says: “Not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart”
  2. Make sure you are not motivated by Lip Service - Isaiah 29:13 says: “The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.””
  3. Make sure you are not motivated by Show Off attitude Matthew 6:1 says: "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

MOTIVES FOR GIVING

  1. We should do it because we love God. Giving is a natural expression of love. John 3:16 says, "God so loved the world that He gave."

And we should do the same; we should give to God because we love Him.

  1. We should give to God in obedience to His Word. The Bible teaches us to give

to the Lord and support His work. In addition to the scriptures we've already examined, there are many others that are unmistakable in their instruction about giving.

  1. We should give to help carryout Christ's Great Commission and support the work of those who are going into all the world with the Gospel.
  2. We should give because we want to see people blessed. Our tithes and gifts help support outreaches of the local church and other organizations that minister to the poor, evangelize the lost and unreached, and build up the saints while equipping them for Christian service.
  3. And, finally, way down the line, we should give in expectancy, believing God to honour the promises in His Word to bless and prosper us.

These five motives have been listed in an order I believe reflects priorities that are very important. However, it appears these days that undue emphasis is being placed on the last and it is being presented as the major reason for people to give.

Remember, God judges our motives; we can get away with deceiving others but nit Him! He will be definitely inclined towards the one who first loves Him, obeys Him, propagate His work, see His people blessed before they think of receiving from Him than to the one who starts off with receiving from Him first.

CONCLUSION

Rendering service to God and giving are tried and proven ways to plant seeds for a harvest that will result in our needs being met. The law of sowing and reaping applies in every of life’s situations including personal finances. The Bible is true when it says, " And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water;” (Exodus 23:25) and “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. . ." (Luke 6:38). These are good and valid reasons for giving. And I believe they will lead to true prosperity—spirit, soul, and body.

Parts of this study was culled from "The Midas Touch" By Kenneth E Hagin

Posted by: Isekhua Evborokhai AT 12:53 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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