A Vision For A Better Legacy

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January 30, 2022

  • Daily Devotional

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    DAY 1 – Grace Gratitude, and Generosity

    1 Chronicles 29:1-20

    This was the passage we encountered in the Sunday message. It is a powerful story of grace, gratitude, and generosity.

    The basic devotional work for today is to read through the passage and make a list of every insight (or lesson or principle) on giving that you find. Don’t be surprised if you have a list of 10 or more insights from your reading.

    You will find insights on motivation for giving, the heart that gives, the extent of giving, giving as an act of worship, the ways of giving, and more.

    You will be inspired by the example leaders set by being the “lead givers.” What an upside-down thought in our culture. Today, people want to lead so they be the “getters” or “receivers.” God says that the greatest leaders are the greatest servants and the greatest givers. Leaders lead by example. The leadership team of Living Word is committed to generosity.

    There is also a powerful illustration of legacy. Legacy is what you leave behind and what you pass on. A eulogy celebrates who you were. A legacy extends into the future who you were. Central to 1 Chronicles 29 is legacy giving. David is giving for a better future for the people of God. David is giving so his son Solomon will have a head start on continuing the work of God.

    Right now, we all benefit from the legacies of those who have gone before us. Right now, at Living Word, we enjoy the many blessings of the generosity of others in our past. Their giving has made possible the very people, place, and mission called Living Word.

    We should be humble and grateful for what they have done for us. We should be motivated and intentional about our own legacy for those who follow. Yes, our giving actually helps us today, but remember this, our generosity today will bless others in the years to come. What a wonderful way to lay up treasures in heaven.

    Pray the prayers in verses 10-13.

    DAY 2 – God the Giver

    One of the greatest truths about God is God Gives. God the Giver. God the Generous Giver. God the Gracious Giver. God the Giver of Generous Grace. You can rearrange those words over and over. This is our God.

    God is the giver of gifts. God is the giver of blessings (Psalm 115:14). God is the giver of life (John 6:33; Romans 4:17; 1 Timothy 6:13). God is the one who gives you your wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18; Psalm 112:3; Ecclesiastes 5:19). God is the giver of all good things (Psalm 85:12; Romans 8:32; 1 Timothy 6:17; James 1:17). God gives us his very best. God gave us Jesus, his only Son (John 3:16). God never stops giving (Psalm 84:11).

    Jesus, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, is a Giver as well. Jesus gave up privilege to come to earth and be born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7). Thirty-three years later, Jesus would give up his life for us (Philippians 2:8). One of the most vital lessons on giving from Jesus is simple: It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). God the Father and God the Son literally model the way of generous giving.

    The big lesson here has two points. First, you are made in the image of God. That means you are made in the image of God the Giver. If you re-read the first paragraph that describes God the Giver, those same things should describe you (Genesis 1:26-27).

    Second, it means your life is meant to be spent in the pursuit of God, so you are remade in his image. It is called the imitation of God and the imitation of Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2).

    This is the legacy you are meant to pay forward to the world. It is a legacy of generosity, sacrifice, and Christ-likeness. Pray for a generous heart of giving that honors Jesus.

    DAY 3 – Giving as Love, Love as Giving

    Matthew 6:19-22; Luke 12:12-34

    Today we want you to understand more fully the meaning of the word GIVE.

    The essence, or nature, or heart of giving is LOVE. Love gives. Giving is an act of love. When you give, you participate in the act of love. When you give to God, it is a way of showing love for God. The same is true for giving to people, giving to the church, or whatever or whomever you give to. Love gives. And what you give says a lot about your love. This is why Jesus equates treasure and heart. It is all about love.

    You give to what matters to you. We all have commitments and priorities. We give to what we value. And what we value gets more of us. Again, this is the meaning of treasure and heart. The more you value something, the more you will invest in what you value. The more something is precious to you, the more you invest in that precious thing.

    What does your giving say about what matters to you, what you prioritize, and what you value? Of course, God wants you to value and prioritize what matters most to God. The Church, the mission, people in need—these matter most to God. When you give to what matters to God, you say to God, “Your will be done in my life on earth, in the way you want. Here I am. Use my resources for your Kingdom purposes.”

    There are many quite serious warnings from Jesus about loving the wrong things and investing your resources in those things. Whether it is building bigger barns to hold more possessions (Luke 12:12-21) or just looking out for your own pleasure and comfort (Luke 16:19-31), what you do with your money reveals what you love and how much you love. What does your giving say about your love for God?

    In our 21st century culture, it is more important than ever to do some honest, humble, repentant soul searching about money. For money is truly the god of our time (Mammon) and our love of it the source of great evil (1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 3:2; Hebrews 13:5). Meditate and pray on these biblical truths.

    DAY 4 – The Call of Stewardship

    Matthew 25:14-30

    There are few themes that are as important as stewardship to understand your fundamental vocation in life. You are a steward and you are a steward of God.

    A steward is simply one who takes care of what belongs to another. A steward does not own what they take care of. A steward is responsible and accountable for what they take care of.

    Everything you have belongs to God. Everything is on loan to you. Your life itself is on loan to you. Your strength and skill to earn income is a gift. All you own is a gift. Your family is a gift. You are to enjoy those gifts. You are to “grow” those gifts. And you are to direct the power of those gifts for the purposes of God the Giver.

    God blesses you so you can be a blessing. God is very clear to stewards. He talks about the tithe as his will for us. We give 10% of what God entrusts to us right back to him. We do that by giving to the Church and its mission. God also tells us to give additional offerings for missional purposes. He tells us to be hospitable to those in need. In all things, our heart is to be a generous giver that blesses others.

    In Psalm 90, after talking about how hard life is, how short life is, and how fragile life is, the psalmist (Moses) ends his thoughts with a prayer that God would establish the works of his hands for his descendants. That is legacy thinking. That is how stewards think about all that is entrusted to them. They want to be faithful right here and now, and they long for their faithful stewardship to extend into the future as a blessing for many.

    In the parable, Jesus uses the words “well done good and faithful servant” to affirm stewards who are faithful. Then Jesus uses the strong language of “wicked” and “lazy” for those who are not faithful. If you and Jesus were to have a conversation today about your stewardship what would Jesus say about how you are doing? That is a hard question, but one we must keep before us. Jesus is serious about his Kingdom.

    DAY 5 – Giving to Church and Mission

    2 Corinthians 8 & 9

    Like the 1 Chronicles 29 passage that launched the week of devotions, these two chapters are loaded with insights and lessons about generous giving. Do a skim read through these two chapters and jot down the most important lessons God impresses upon your heart. On this final day, we close with some thoughts about your financial generosity for Living Word and its mission locally and globally.

    All month we have talked about our mission to empower you for maturity so together we can create a better local church, be used by God for the flourishing of York, and make parts of the world a better place. That is our mission, and we pray and trust you will support Living Word and its mission with your financial resources.

    On Day 2 we saw that Jesus loves the Church and he wants you to love the Church. On Day 3 we were reminded that love gives and we give to what we love. As we love the Church Jesus loves, then we give to the Church. On Day 4 we considered the reality of stewardship. God blesses us for a reason and the core reason is that we will do his work and will on earth.

    If you have been giving to Living Word already, thank you so much. We can be a church because of you. As Jesus leads, you can continue to give and perhaps even increase your giving as God gives you financial increase.

    There are many ways to give financially. You can go on our website or church app under “Give” and click on the “Give Now” button. You’ll be taken to a secure location and walked through digital giving. You are also able to contribute to global missions here. If you prefer to contribute checks or cash, we have secure collection boxes at every door in our auditorium for your convenience.

    May God bless us all and weave us together as a community of generous givers.

     

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