November 23, 2021

Everything that is given to us here on this Earth is a gift from God. There is absolutely nothing that we can do to measure up to what He has done for us. For God sent His one and only Son down from Heaven to die so that we can live (John 3:16). There has been no greater gift than this.

James 1:17 says that God gives us everything and whatever we give back is what comes from His hand. The Lord shows His favor to us each time we honor His commands by giving faithfully to Him. We are called to give with a cheerful heart (2 Corinthians 9:7). For all that God has blessed us with, there is no reason why we should not want to give any back. When attending Church as a kid, my parents always made sure I was tithing some amount of what I earned. That example helped me understand the principle of giving: we tithe because we want to honor God. God knows your heart and sees what you are doing. Continue to follow His command with a genuine heart.

Everything you have is God's, and I encourage you to honor Him by giving back to Him. See how He uses it to bless you and bless others in return (Leviticus 27:30). Choose to have a generous heart today and always, continuing to follow God's calling for your life as you continue to grow in Him as we enter into this Christmas season.

Father, I pray that You would open up our hearts now. Let us honor Your commands by being generous in giving to you and to whoever needs our help. Give us a giving heart, and continue to guide us in the life that You have for us. In Jesus' name, we ask all these things. Amen.

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