15 Jul Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 42
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 42-West Palm Beach, Florida:
There is so much debate over how much money should be given to God through our churches, which lead to many questions being asked that usually send people to the Bible to find the answers that they seek. The one thing to remember when you talk to people about how much money to give God is that anyone can quote a verse in the bible to use in their favor from the Old or New Testament. That is why it is not a good idea to debate about specific beliefs that are based on two versions that may be easily misconstrued.
A good rule of thumb is to listen to the voice of God within you towards what actions you should take. The Holy Spirit will lead your heart to what you should be giving. The gifts that you give to God can also come in many forms. You can give gifts of your time to your church, the homeless, and or to those in need. You can donate money to church or to non-profit organizations that could use the funds to improve the products or services that they provide to their parishioners or the people in their specific umbrella.
Another great way to understand what God expects of us can be explained in the following manner from 2 Corinthians, “he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully”. This can be applied to many aspects of our daily lives. However, in this specific example it really shows us that those who sow a good seed in life will be rewarded, and those who sow sparingly will be left wondering why they do not have the blessings others have.
God really puts on our hearts the expectations that he has for us. When we listen to the Lord, he is pleased with us. Again in 2 Corinthians it is stated further in the next verse this way, “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”. Therefore, what God puts on our hearts is the gifts that we must present out into the world. Everyone has different gifts to share and when we are called upon by God to use the gifts he has given us, we must take the appropriate action out of love freely for His glory.
Reflection Day #42
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: