It often has been said that the best measure of our value system is our checkbook. How we spend our money reveals which world we are living for, this one or the next. The scriptures make it clear that must participate financially in world evangelism (see Matthew 10:9-15). We are to give as God has prospered us. Giving our financial resources for the ministry of Christ is a matter of obedience and a part of our commitment to spreading the gospel. In 2 Corinthians 9, we are called to “glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with…all men” (2 Corinthians 9:13).
Because God spared no expense in bringing salvation to us, we praise His love ad goodness: “Praise the Lord.Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 146:1-2, 5, 10).
Now pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:17-18).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).
As you bring your requests before the Lord, remember:
- Faithfullness to the Great Commission,
- Opportunities to share His love with unbelievers,
- A greater desire to contribute to missions.
Offer this closing praye to the Lord: “The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him” (Psalms 34:22).
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:6-15).