Summary: As we do our Christmas shopping we should think about how much we give to Jesus. This sermon uses a true story about a man who gave generously and God blessed him.
What Are You Gong To Give To Jesus?
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
7So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
9As it is written: "He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever."
10Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply
and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your
11while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes
thanksgiving through us to God.
12For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the
saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
13while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the
obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal
sharing with them and all men,
14and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding
grace of God in you.
15Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
(As people enter the worship center, let them take a handful of peanuts from large containers.)
The Christmas shopping season is officially underway.
We are thinking about
what we are going to give to our loved ones and friends.
It’s also a good time to think about what we will give to Jesus!
Think for a moment about what you have been giving to God.
Do you give to Him generously?
Or does your giving amount to a handful of peanuts?
Let me ask you a question: Do you tithe to this church?
Some don’t and some do!
Those who don’t have many reasons.
Some don’t think they can afford to do it!
Some don’t think it is called for in the New Testament.
The Biblical practice of tithing
is connected to the Old Testament covenant with Israel.
Jesus renewed the tithe in the New Testament
when he spoke with the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23.
Matthew 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier (more) matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
However, the New Testament goes further
under our new covenant of Grace.
Under grace, when we’re saved
we give ourselves and all we possess to God.
When we say Jesus is our Lord,
it means that we should consult him about everything!
When we’re thinking about giving to his church,
we ought to ask Him how much He wants us to give.
Personally, I don’t believe God will lead Christians
to give less under Grace
than he asked the Jews to give under the Law.
I believe the tithe is the minimum every child of God should give.
Amedeo Obici was born in 1876 in a small village near Venice, Italy. His widowed mother read him letters from his uncle in America, and Amedeo told everyone he was going to America one day. Everyone knew he was an exceptionally bright and enterprising child. By the time he was 11 years old, his family had helped him save enough money for an immigrant’s ticket to America, and he set sail by himself.