It’s been “a week of gratitude” here at This New Life, so we’ve offered our readers a brief devotional each day as a way to say “thanks.” Today is our last one. We have wanted to express our appreciation to those who regularly give of their time and treasure to support the work of the Lord, both here and around the world.
Moreover, we who are in pastoral ministry, parachurch work, and/or theological education depend on the generosity of faithful givers like you to make our living (1 Cor 9:14), so it’s especially important for us to say thank you from time to time. We seek to serve joyfully, ever remembering with deep affection and appreciation your partnership in the gospel (Phil 1:5). You are indeed precious to us!
Years ago there was a cartoon in Leadership Journal that spoke volumes about the average believer’s relationship to finances. A pastor was baptizing one of his parishioners by full immersion, but the submerged man could be seen holding his arm straight out of the water, clutching his wallet and keeping it dry. The new believer had no intention of applying Christ’s lordship to his personal stewardship.
I’m glad you’re not the average believer! You’ve been openhanded with your resources, and you’ve supported the work of the Lord, either at the seminary where we work, the church where we serve, or some other gospel-centered ministry. Thank you!
Both we and the ministries we’re a part of depend on the generous support of people like you. So thank you for “letting your wallet get wet” for Jesus! We appreciate your generosity. What touches our hearts the most is that your gifts are freely given, without compulsion from external sources. These are the kinds of offerings that please our heavenly Father the most.
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor 9:7-8).
Still, we know that stewardship goes way beyond the offering plate. The Bible indicates that true stewardship would involve the godly use of our body, mind, spirit, time, work, gifts, relationships, technology, and so much more. David P. King has said,
“The power of money in our lives is too great to view stewardship as managing finances by simply moving money from one column to another. Stewardship is rather tending our souls, aware of our unique fears and desires, nurturing our relationships with money as it marks a way of life and leading us to experience faithful living and the joy of giving.”
I hope your gifts to gospel-centered ministries help you experience the joy of giving. And I hope we can continue nurturing the relationship we have with you and your family. Please drop us a line via the contact page and let us know how we can pray for you. You are special to God and to us!
Thank you, Lord, for the generosity of your people. Again we ask that you would bless them mightily for their love and sacrificial giving. May the eyes of their heart be opened so that they would know the hope to which you have called your saints. Multiply to them the riches of your glorious inheritance, and your incomparably great power toward all who believe. May their words and works reflect the beauty of your gospel. Amen.