‘Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but not wholeheartedly.’ 2 Chronicles 25:2 NLT
King Amaziah did all the right things, but he wasn’t ‘wholehearted’ about it. You can do the right thing and still not be blessed. Why? Because you did it with the wrong attitude. Take, for example, the subject of giving. The apostle Paul writes: ‘Let everyone give as his heart tells him, neither grudgingly nor under compulsion, for God loves the man who gives cheerfully. After all, God can give you everything that you need, so that you may always have sufficient both for yourselves and for giving away to other people… The more you are enriched by God the more scope there will be for generous giving, and your gifts, administered through us, will mean… an overflowing tide of thanksgiving to God. Moreover, your very giving proves the reality of your faith, and that means that men thank God that you practise the Gospel that you profess to believe in, as well as for the actual gifts you make to them and to others. And yet further, men will pray for you and feel drawn to you because you have obviously received a generous measure of the grace of God.’ (2 Corinthians 9:6–11 PHPS) Note two things: (1) Your level of giving determines the level at which you receive. (2) Your attitude in giving determines your abundance in receiving. So when you ‘make up your…mind what you will give’, consider God’s goodness to you, decide what you should give, and do it with a heart of joy. It’s all about attitude!
SoulFood: Heb 9:1-11:16, Luke 10:13-24, Ps 28, Prov 5:3-6
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015