Topic: Giving At Its Best [October 12, 2016]
Text: 2 Corinthians 9:8-15
Key Verse: "Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown,and increase the fruits of your righteousness" (2 Corinthians 9:10).
Among many stories told about the Great Chicago fire of 1871, the one involving Evangelist D.L. Moody remains etched in most people's memory. The respected cleric proceeded to New York to raise financial help for the victims of the inferno. Homes, factories and industries were destroyed, with value of lost property running into tens of millions of dollars.
Moody was led to a rich and generous man in the economic and commercial capital of the United States. The affluent man did not disappoint him and gave Moody a cheque for a large amount in response to the massive need in Chicago. The benefactor did more: he directed Moody to several other wealthier men who also gave heavy contributions. The evangelist was impressed and as he left New York, he told his host: "If you ever come to Chicago, be sure to call on me, I'll return your favour".But the man replied, "Mr. Moody, don't wait for me to come.
Do it to the first man who comes along". Years later when the clergyman recalled this experience, he said: "I never forgot that remark. It had the ring of the true Good Samaritan". Giving, for Christians is taking after God Who gave His best (His only begotten Son) to unworthy mankind. Giving for evangelism, Church work and to the needy, with no intention to please self or the world, moves God to give more to the donor. When you give, you become an ally of the original Giver. You put yourself in a commanding position to rise above lack even in the midst of local and global financial crisis. That has been the testimony of those who practice cheerful and bountiful giving. This would also be your testimony as a real and unpretentious child of God.
Thought for the day: Give until giving produces hurts.
Bible Reading in one Year: Isaiah 26-29
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.