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Friday April 29: The Spiritual Discipline of Giving

Scripture: “On the first day of each week, each of you is to put something aside…” (1 Corinthians 16:2).

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We receive much joy from giving. Through the discipline of faithful giving, we give witness to our relationship with the Lord. In our giving, we acknowledge Who God is and what he has done for us.

Giving requires discipline. Discipline is the key for success in every area of life. God’s people become more faithful in their giving through spiritual discipline. With God’s help, we can develop a discipline of systematic giving. Putting God first in the managing and giving of our money is a part of the stewardship journey of faith.

In practicing the spiritual discipline of giving, we learn to make giving a priority. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Money goes to what we love most or, in Matthew’s words, to where our hearts are. By making out the first check to the Lord’s work, we affirm that Jesus is our treasure. Our gifts represent our love and gratitude to him. We also learn to give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), not begrudging the offerings we bring to the Lord. We learn to be faithful in our giving, making it a priority, and providing consistency in our stewardship lifestyle (1 Corinthians 16:2). By giving our money, we break the grip that money can have on us, freeing us to be devoted, instead, to our Lord.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, forgive me when I’ve not given faithfully. Grant me a giving spirit. Amen.