Can’t Out-Give God
Theme of the week: Make Your Talents Count
Friday, April 13, 2012
Key Bible Verse: “I am the LORD All-Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire 10 percent into the storehouse. … Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.” (Malachi 3:10, CEV) Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is in no way an endorsement of compelling people to give as taught today]
I urge you—plumb the depths of the parable of the talents. Take a good, hard look at the context of your life—nothing happens by chance. You are where you are and the way you are for a reason, for God’s reason. The master says that when you invest the talents he’s given you, when you are faithful to bear fruit from the little he’s given you, he will give you more. And you will enter into his joy. People around the world are searching for joy. Where is it? How can we find it?
Here’s the answer. Plain and simple. Straight from God: Invest what I’ve given you. Take a chance. Put it to work. Trust me. Make it multiply. Then I’ll give you more. And you’ll be happier and more content than ever fathomed. Don’t believe it? Think of investing your talents the way the Old Testament describes giving your tithe [in today’s Key Bible
We’ve all heard it said, “You can’t out-give God.” He’s made me a believer. My joy is worth more than all the money in a zillion banks. What about you? Are you ready to take a good, hard look at yourself and determine what talents God has knit together within you?
—Bob Westfall in The Fulfillment Principle
My Response: How is the Holy Spirit prompting me to respond to this reading?
Thought to Apply: God has a way of giving by the cartloads to those who give away by shovelfuls. —Charles Spurgeon (British preacher)
Adapted from The Fulfillment Principle (Leafwood, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher.
Prayer for the Week
Giver of all good gifts, help me to be aware of the talents with which you have equipped me; give me a vision for ways to use them for your kingdom.
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