Summary: Second in stewardship series. This message discusses generosity in giving.
Following Jesus with Your Finances
Part 2 - The Right Motivation for Giving
March 13, 2011
NOTE: THE ME/WE/GOD/YOU/WE FORMAT IS FROM ANDY STANLEY'S BOOK, "COMMUNICATING FOR A CHANGE."
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Me: We’re in the second of a four-part series on following Jesus with our finances.
Our emphasis for 2011 is following Jesus in every area of our lives, and money is definitely a part of our lives, right?
Anybody here over the age of 12 that didn’t think about money yet today?
Money has a grip on our lives, mine included, and we need to see what it means to follow Jesus with our finances, since Jesus has a lot to say about money.
We’re not talking about this because of anything other than this was the time I picked a few months ago as the time I would address it.
Someone asked me what I was preaching on today, and I said finances.
He mentioned how in his experience, whenever the pastor was about to start some fundraising campaign or building program, the money sermons would start.
When I told him that neither of these was the case, he was a bit surprised.
We’re talking about money because God talks about it.
We: When we look at the issue of giving, like we’re going to do today, the feeling of many people is that I’m going to spend all my time beating you up about tithing, and trying to make you feel guilty about it.
Well, I hope that’s not how you leave here today feeling.
My hope for today is that all of you will leave here today with a different perspective of what giving is all about.
It’s not about prying your wallet open and wrestling your money out of it so we can keep the lights on.
Giving is about understanding God’s part in all this and how He is involved in our giving.
God’s involved in our giving to Him? You bet. And when we can get a real handle on that, it can revolutionize how you give to advance God’s kingdom – both here and around the world.
God: Today we’re not going to look at a quote from Jesus, but rather from the Apostle Paul.
There are two main parts to the passage we’re going to look at today that show us where our motivation for giving needs to come from, which is primarily that God makes it possible for us to give to His work.
Part 1 consists of verses 6-7 –
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Four things from these first two verses:
You reap how you sow.
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Now I’m no farmer or even a gardener.
I couldn’t keep a plant alive if my life depended on it. I can’t tell you the last time someone asked me to take care of their plants – because I’ve never been good at it.