Expressions of Thanks


As I was thinking this week about what a joy it is to give back to the Lord a portion of all he has given us – of our time, talents, and treasures; I began to think about how amazing it would be to somehow have the opportunity to see all the lives that have been transformed as a result of our giving, loving and serving. As I pondered this thought, a popular Christian song by Ray Boltz came to mind about a man who dreamt he went to heaven. In his dream he was strolling along with someone he knew, and as they walked along, gazing at the beauty that surrounded them, people began calling out to them and coming up to them to say thank you – for teaching Sunday school, or for giving to a missionary through whom they came to know the Lord. After each person shared how their life was transformed, they said, “Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am a life that was changed… I am so glad you gave!”

I am a life that was changed-wow! What a great reminder that as we give back to God a portion of what he has given to us; whether it’s our resources, our gifts and talents or our time, lives are changed! People are on the other side of our giving.

When it comes to our tithe, honoring God with that first 10% of what he has blessed us with; we have the joy of knowing He can stretch and multiply what we place back into his hands, just as Jesus did with the loaves and fish in the Bible, in order to meet the needs of His people.  Chances are, those on the receiving end of our giving will never know the names of, and be able to say thank you, to each of us who had a part to play in helping fund the service they attended where they gave their heart to Jesus, or the meal they were served when they were hungry, or the backpack they received when they needed something to carry their belongings. But we still get the joy of knowing we had a part to play in Kingdom work. We get to enjoy the feeling of significance that comes with knowing we helped to make a difference in someone’s life, and we also get the pleasure of knowing our giving results in gratitude being offered to God. He gets to hear the thank-you’s of His people, just as it says in 1 Corinthians 9:12, “The service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”

So, keep giving, keep loving and keep serving… You are making a difference!

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