Thursday, March 5, 2015

DAY 16 - New Giving: Your Motive to Give (Please click here for English podcast)


Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace. Exhale your worries.


Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

        You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.    Psalm 16:11
                                                                       
Confession and repentance

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."


The Word


“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
                                                        Matthew 6:1-4
                                            

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

My Listening
     Today and tomorrow's passage is talking about the three things that Jews saw as standard obligations, namely giving, praying and fasting.  Our new lifestyle of Christlikeness in these matters gives us a new perspective. 

     Bishop N.T. Wright says (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._T._Wright):
     What matters is the motive.  If these religious duties are done with an eye on the audience, they become rotten at the core... What matters is learning to do them simply to and for God himself. 

             N.T. Wright. Matthew for Everyone, Part 1. Louisville,KY:Westminster         John Knox Press, 2004, p.54-55.     

      This world teaches us to get whatever we can get. Jesus teaches us to give whatever we can give. Who are you listening to?

     If you are listening to what Jesus is going to tell you, are you willing to give? What is your motive for giving? Is it a bargain where you want God to bless you in return? Or, are you simply overflowing with thankfulness to God so that you respond by giving and tithing?
          
Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us to be able to give unconditionally. Help us to check our motive when we give so that we can live out this new lifestyle of Christlikeness. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. This world teaches us to get whatever we can get. Jesus teaches us to give whatever we can give. Who are you listening to? What is your struggle? Name it and ask Jesus to help you through the struggle.

2. If you are listening to what Jesus is going to tell you, are you really willing to give? What is your way of giving recently?

3. Do you give because you want to get more? What is your motive for giving?

4. Do you have a heart to give to the poor and the needy? Have you started your weekly offering, your tithing as your new lifestyle of Christlikeness? Have you learned to give simply to and for God himself?   

Family Corner:1. In your family, how do you practice giving to each other, whether in time, service, or money/gifts?2. In your family, what are practical ways for you to practice giving to people outside of your family? (e.g. volunteering together, fundraising campaign to give to a charitable organization, etc.)Praise and ThanksgivingLet's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:10,000 Reasonshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0EPlease click this link to the app. Andy Ng wrote. You really need to use that if you have an Android cel. Andy said he is going to do the App. for iPhone later:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideal.rec.appYou may choose to follow my other daily blog:http://discipler123.blogspot.com/ http://bishopsilas2.blogspot.ca/http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/The best way to keep you being with Jesus for these 40 days is to find two more friends coming together weekly using this blog/podcast and encouraging each others to use it daily. This is what I call "Discipler123" - One discipler having two friends being with Jesus daily for 40 days first then hopefully can continue for a period of three months.

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