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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  This Week’s Study: Stewardship Monday - But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6, KJV). Paul here reminds us of the law of sowing and reaping. Not only will we reap what we sow, but the quantity and quality of our sowing directly affects the harvest. Paul wrote: “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” This principle is true in all areas of life, however in the context of today’s verse, Paul is clearly talking about our giving to support the Lord’s work here on earth. Do you want reap an abundant harvest? Sow abundantly. Be generous with the Lord. Support His servants and His work here on this planet. “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” Tuesday - But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, KJV). So when we choose to sow bountifully, what principles govern our giving?  The first answer is given in 2 Corinthians 9:7.  God loves a “cheerful giver.”  Giving in response to all God has done for us truly should be done cheerfully, thankfully, knowing we are the recipients of the greatest bargain in the universe! Let him “give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”  When we consider all God is and gives, when we consider how the Creator of the universe wants a personal, loving relationship with us, when we realize all this, how can we hold back our response of love and gratitude? The truth is, to tell where my heart and life is really headed, all that is needed is to look at my daily schedule and my checkbook.  Who has my time and money?  Am I truly sowing bountifully into God’s heavenly bank or am I being selfishly frugal? But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, KJV). Wednesday  - And 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. As it is written: “HE HAS DISPERSED ABROAD, HE HAS GIVEN TO THE POOR; HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER” (2 Corinthians 9:8-9). Want your righteousness to endure “forever?” Give to the poor. Don’t be holding tightly to the bit of wealth God has provided!  I am reminded of the parable of the miser who brought a suitcase full of gold bricks to heaven.  Arriving there, as the story goes, the angels asked him what was in the suitcase.  “Gold bricks,” he answered.  Their reply?  “You brought paving stones with you? We have so much gold here we pave our streets with the stuff.” Of course our arrival in heaven will not include our grasping suitcases filled with precious belongings.  The point is clear though, we should be holding earthly things loosely, remembering that all our “possessions” belong to the Lord. “The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein” (Psalms 24:1). Give to the poor, disperse your financial blessings to those in need, support the work of taking the gospel to the entire world.  Grasp the material things of this world lightly, remembering that you are only the steward of the vast wealth God has put in your hands. “And 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.” Thursday  - Now 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 righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God (2 Corinthians 9:10-11). Today’s text reminds us of the source of all we have on this earth.  “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown. . .”  So often when things go well, we look at “our” successes and take credit for them.  We forget that it is all a gift on loan from God. Really not even on loan from God.  Rather, the success God gives us is simply His entrusting us to manage a portion of His goods.  Our text also reminds us that the increase in what we sow is given us or enabled through us by God. God’s word is very clear about who really owns everything. “For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. ‘If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness’” (Psalms 50:10-12). Stewardship is a big deal.  We are stewards not only of material resources, but of time and talent as well.  And perhaps the greatest stewardship given us, is the stewardship of sharing the good news of salvation.  “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:1-2). Let’s recommit to real stewardship today.  Let’s examine our lives, the ways we invest or squander the time, talents, money and ability to influence others for the Kingdom.  Let’s honor the Giver of all things. Friday/Weekend - "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this," Says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field," Says the LORD of hosts; And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land," Says the LORD of hosts (Malachi 3:8-12). Quite a promise in today’s Scripture!  Sometimes I run across those who tell me we don’t have to tithe today, that is part of the law that was done away.  In the first place, the only laws fulfilled and thus no longer binding, were the Sacrificial “Handwriting of Ordinances” which pointed forward as an object lesson to our Saviour’s sacrificial death.  These “ordinances” served as acted-out illustrations of God’s entire plan of salvation.  And some laws were part of God’s plan of governance when He was in control of the government.  That is what the word Theocracy means.  Other than these,  we need to look very carefully at all God’s word teaches before we throw it out and declare it void. Leaving all that aside, the principle is clear.  God gives us all things and only asks for 10% of the profit returned back to Him. (By definition a tithe is 10% of one’s increase.)  So all God asks is 10% of our income and some freely given offerings beyond the 10%.  That is a good deal in anyone’s book!  From a purely business standpoint, I want to be found on the positive side of God’s ledger book, I don’t want to be entered as one who robs God! Beyond the mere business aspect, and more important then the business aspect, is my attitude.  God really doesn’t need this money.  But God wants cultivate in me an attitude of unselfishness and gratitude.  Returning tithe and a portion of my income to God helps me do that, and reminds that really it all comes from God.  End of story. Press <Control>+D to bookmark this page 2010-2012 Marvin Glass, Inc. And now back to more great Southern Gospel Music!