The Positive Approach
Communion 15 Aug 2010
Several mentioned Sunday that they liked what I said while waiting on the table. I have been thinking for awhile of writing out my little talks and this will be the first. Hopefully I can remember or re-create some of mine from the past. Feel free to edit and use them.
As we sang the song "Count Your Many Blessings," I had this thought. I wondered how it would effect our giving, if, just before we wrote our contribution check or put aside our cash, we would spend a little time counting our blessings. Even the strongest Christians need to be encouraged from time to time.
Consider Paul's words to the Church in Corinth. In chapter 9 he says that he knew their willingness to give and had boasted to the Macedonians about it, yet he still felt it necessary to send the brethren ahead to exhort them to have their generous gift ready. Look at Paul's words in verses 6-7: "this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (7) So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."
When we count our blessings it should be easy to give to God cheerfully and generously, if fact, we should count it a "privilege" to return our gifts to God who gave them to us!!