sermonette: A Motivation for Giving
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 08-Jun-14; Sermon #1217As; 23 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on offertory sermonettes he has heard in the past, many of which seemed to emphasize that people were not sacrificing enough for the work, explores other motivations for giving. When Paul attempted to motivate the Corinthians (a wealthy congregation which had received spiritual gifts), he compared them to the congregation at Philippi (a poorer congregation in comparison) who were more generous and liberal with what they had than the monetarily richer Corinthians. In the manner of giving, God is not concerned so much with the monetary amount, but instead with the attitude of generosity and willingness to help our brethren. God has established a principle that sowing generously will bring about an abundant spiritual crop. God's generosity is not always manifested by physical wealth, but in abundant spiritual gifts. Our sacrifice should not be limited to money, but should include time, service, and empathy. Earning should increase our industriousness; saving our earnings should make us ready to share; giving will bring exponential blessings upon us. We always receive back many times more than we gave.
Cheerful givers wanted Corinthian congregation Evaluating individual offering Farmer anticipating crop God's mindset Holding on too tightly Matthew 19:17-21 Offering to brethren Philippian congregation Proverbs 11:24-25 Rich young man Sacrificing for the work II Corinthians 9:5-9 Sowing and reaping metaphor Spiritual gifts