“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].” – I Colossians 15:58 (AMP)
Read : II Kings 4:42-44; Philippians 4:10-20; II Corinthians 8:1-15
I believe the Lord wants us to meditate further on the above scripture which we used in yesterday’s devotion. We have all been given various ‘ministry’ assignments as believers. One ministry that we all share in common, however, is the ministry of giving of our financial resources to further the cause of the Kingdom of God. The text above says we should be immoveable, steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord. God knows the challenges we will face as we serve Him. Sometimes, rewards may not be immediately obvious, but if we keep sowing with the right attitude, we will reap our harvest if we faint not (Galatians 6:9) Hallelujah! So beloved, don’t get weary. Keep on excelling in your ministry of giving. Make sure you are a “tither” in your local church. Malachi 3:10 tells us that is our kingdom obligation. 10% of whatever we receive is the Lord’s not ours. When we are faithful in keeping that obligation, we connect with God’s Open Heavens blessings in a special way. And when you tithe, don’t just throw it in the basket. Speak upon it; sow it in faith, and let God know you are standing in line for your harvest. Then become a partner with ministries extending the kingdom around the world, and your local church, by sowing sacrificial and “first fruit” offerings, etc. Understand that God remembers your offerings (Psalm 20:3) and so should you. Keep a good record, and use that in releasing your faith for financial increase. Be excellent in your stewardship of money. Everything you have came from God and He wants you to use it right. Be a partner with the kingdom. Don’t be a ‘parasite’ (someone benefiting from the kingdom without a reciprocal investment), or a ‘player’ (someone with conditional commitment). Become a “kingdom investor” and God will bless you and your family. You will never run dry; your needs will be supplied; even in famine you will command abundance, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.