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GOD-TRACKING IS BEING A FAITHFUL AND A CHEERFUL GIVER
by Dudley Anderson
9/21/2018 / Devotionals
Tracking God’s will requires faithfulness in every aspect of life, not withstanding, giving. Historically, the Church has been accused of money-grabbing. This is a shame. Indeed, there were times in Church history where the institution of the Church (protestant and catholic) has demanded money from its adherents. That too, is a shame. However, God’s word makes it plain that giving is fundamental to Christian living. Afterall, God gave Jesus and Jesus gave his life. Therefore, as God-trackers, I believe we need to be faithful in our giving toward the furtherance of God’s kingdom. Jesus promised, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” And he who promised is faithful.
By the grace of God, since receiving our first pay cheques, Karen and I have tithed. At times it was tough… very tough! I remember when I was studying for the ministry and had no regular income. I was 30 at the time with 2 small children to care for. Between us, Karen and I had 9 part-time jobs. Our income was low, but we believed it was still necessary to tithe. God was faithful to his promise to meet all our needs.
One Sunday evening, back in South Africa during my days at Bible school, I was at church leading worship while Karen and the kids were at home. My son Ryan, about 5 at the time, loved performing gymnastic feats. That evening he ran into his bedroom and somersaulted onto his bed. His feet promptly crashed through a large window. Thankfully, the curtains were closed so he did not hurt himself. “Ryan, what have you done!” came the cry from his mom. “It’ll take 200 rand to fix that window!” A few minutes later Karen heard Ryan and his sister, Kerryn praying, “Dear Lord, sorry Ry broke the window. Please give mom R200 to fix it.”
After church, while I was packing away my guitar, someone handed me an envelope. “Thanks,” I muttered and promptly popped it into my pocket. When I arrived home and Karen told me what had happened, I remembered envelope in my pocket. Opening it I found ten R20 notes. He who promised was faithful.
God has called us to be cheerful givers. God has promised that if we sow bountifully we will also reap bountifully. You see, God has promised to meet all our needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus. If you know Jesus as Lord, then you are in Christ Jesus. If you are in Christ Jesus, you are found in the same place as the riches of God! So, be faithful in your giving as you seek to track his will for your life.
God-tracking is being a faithful and a cheerful giver.
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Today I choose to be faithful and cheerful in my giving
“O Lord, thank you so much for your faithful blessings and provision in my life. Thank you that you meet all my needs according to your abundance in Jesus. Thank you that, as you help me to be faithful in my giving, you are faithful in pouring out your blessings into my lap, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Today I choose to be faithful and cheerful in my giving as I trust you to be faithful to your promises to meet my needs. Amen.”
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GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith.
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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