Today is the day that we as a church have the opportunity to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Today is the day that we have the opportunity in a huge concerted effort to join together and give sacrificially toward the mission of the spread of the gospel around the world to those who have never heard.
One question is how much will you give? What if this was the largest gift you gave this year for Christmas? What if you gave more to Lottie Moon than you gave to any one other person? What if you took all the money you spend on Christmas gifts combined and you tithe on it to Lottie Moon? The amount you give is not the most important part. God loves a cheerful giver. Your giving will not earn you favor from God and He will not hate you or think less of you if you don't give. God loves you with His love for Jesus, it isn't dependent on you. So, give today to be obedient. Give today for God to get the glory, Give today because the lost around the world is simple unacceptable.
Lastly, we want to say thank you. Thank you for your sacrifice and obedience. Thank you from those who can't say it. Thank you from the 80 year old woman in the Himalayan village who will hear the name of Jesus for the first time because you gave. Thank you from the African man in the bush who will continue to live and serve this same mission because you helped provide the surgery he needed to live and wouldn't have gotten otherwise. Thank you to the missionary that gave everything for this mission and you helped to provide them a means to educate their daughter in a place where schools don't exist. Thank you.
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2 Corinthians 9:6-7 - The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
- What are some reasons that we usually struggle in our giving?
- What are some of the blessings that comes from giving?
- What are some practical steps that we can take to move into a life of greater sacrificial giving for the spread of the gospel?
Pray for the our giving today. Pray that people give sacrificially from an obedient, cheerful heart. Pray that God will take our offerings and bless them for the spread of the gospel around the world. Pray for missionaries who will make decisions on how this money is used. Pray for good stewardship and God's blessings over their work. Pray and praise God for His blessing. Thank Him for allowing us to partner with Him in this mission for His glory.