DISCIPLINED GIVING

 

Webster’s Dictionary defines discipline as “training that develops self-control, efficiency.” An essential ingredient for success in many of life’s endeavors is discipline. God’s Word places discipline as important as wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 22:23 reads: “Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.” Good discipline contributes to our personal success, whereas poor discipline squanders missed opportunities. Solomon wrote, “fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7).

 

            Disciple affects all areas of life.

1. If your goal is to lose or control your weight, you need discipline to eat properly.

2. If you goal is to exercise, you need discipline to commit regularly the time to exercise.

If your goal is to save money for traveling, kid’s education, or retirement, you need

discipline to set aside the money.

 

Through discipline, we benefit a great deal. In the same way that discipline benefits us when we eat right, exercise regularly and often, as stewards, we benefit from our disciplined giving. Through giving, God promises to bless us. When we sow generously, we will reap generously. Jesus said, “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38). When we honor God with our tithes and offerings, God said that he will ”pour out so much blessing that you will have not room enough for it” (Malachi 3:10).

 

The Apostle Paul tells us clearly how we are to give. “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made” (1 Corinthians 16:2). God wants us to be disciplined in both the regularity of our giving and the proportionate amounts that we give. Our giving is not to be haphazard, but, on the first day of each week, we are to give in proportion to what God entrusts to us.

 

We can see that discipline is essential for us to receive many of life’s blessings. When we discipline ourselves to give faithfully to God our first and best, we will receive God’s blessings, which are the greatest blessing of all.

 

                                         

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