Recently I heard a sermon from Dr. David Platt on giving, based on Psalm 86. I want to borrow from his exhortations and applications:
Five Motives or Worldly Giving:
- Temporary need.
Five Motives for Godly Giving:
- Grace from God.
- Glory for God.
- Good for others’ lives.
- Godliness in our lives.
- Eternal gain.*
This season as we prepare to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, I pray that we will see the glory of our God on display, not by what we can give out of our own means, but by what He has done through His grace and mercy that has been lavished upon us.
The Lord has blessed us in so many ways. We live each day without really questioning where our next meal is coming from, or if the water we drink will kill us the next day. We don’t really have to question about our homes or if we will power to use when we get there. The world in which we live is one of the most wealthiest in human history. the country in which we reside is more wealthy than most combined around the world. We have been given much.
And because we have been given much, much is required of us. It isn’t our purpose in life to collect, and collect, and collect everything that God has given us and keep it to ourselves. Our purpose in life is to take the Gospel to the nations for His glory. Our purpose in life is to live generously for His glory. Our purpose life is to see His glory on display through people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
We do a lot of remembering around this season. From remembering loved ones, to friends, to the good times in our lives. How do you, how do I want to be remembered? What do we want people to say about us?
I hope that people say that we are a generous people. Not because of anything that we have done, but because our God is great and we know that He is worth every penny, and then some. I hope that people will see that we care more about their salvation than we do our own comfort.
It is my prayer that we don’t give out of pride, power, guilt, greed, or temporary need, but we give because of the grace that God has given us, the good for others around us, godliness in our own lives, eternal gain, and ultimately for the glory of our God.
(*Behold His Mercy & Grace, Dr. David Platt, McLean Bible Church, https://www.mcleanbible.org/sermons/behold-his-mercy-grace)