January 22, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter T



Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter S  to read the previous post on the letter S.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland


     Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15)

     There were a huge number of gifts under our tree at Christmas. We receive more gifts on Valentine’s Day and on our birthdays. It is difficult to count all the gifts we receive in a year. And yet I don’t think there would be even one that we would call an inexpressible gift.

     As the Contemporary English Version says, this gift from God is too wonderful for words.

6 Remember this saying, “A few seeds make a small harvest, but a lot of seeds make a big harvest.” 7 Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give. 8 God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others. 9 The Scriptures say, “God freely gives his gifts to the poor, and always does right.” 10 God gives seed to farmers and provides everyone with food. He will increase what you have, so you can give even more to those in need. 11 You will be blessed in every way, and you will be able to keep on being generous. Then many people will thank God when we deliver your gift. 12 What you are doing is much more than a service that supplies God’s people with what they need. It is something that will make many others thank God. 13 The way in which you have proved yourselves by this service will bring honor and praise to God. You believed the message about Christ, and you obeyed it by sharing generously with God’s people and with everyone else. 14 Now they are praying for you and want to see you, because God used you to bless them so very much. 15 Thank God for his gift that is too wonderful for words! (2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (CEV))

     What is this inexpressible gift? It is the gift of giving! It is easy to be complacent with our closets full of clothes, our refrigerators and freezers full of food, our attics and storage sheds overflowing with stuff, and let’s not forget our rented storage stalls, also overflowing with stuff. We forget that God has blessed us not only with enough for ourselves, but also with the capacity to help others who are in need.

     I receive letters and e-mails day after day, especially at the end of the year, challenging me to give to some worthy cause. They remind me that gifts to charity can give me a tax break when I itemize deductions for my April 15 report.

     I have yet to be told that God has given me the inexpressible gift of giving to use to bless others and as the scripture says, “It is something that will make many others thank God.”

     Is there any higher reward in this life than to have others praise God (not us) for what we do? After all, we are giving what God has blessed us with.

     To some, God’s call to share with others may be a burden. They may think or say, “What I have is mine. If others would work harder, they would have plenty, too.”

     To others, giving to those in need is integral to thankful living. Instead of judging others and celebrating what their hard work has earned them, they thank God for all God has done for them.  This giving to others in need is the most freeing and uplifting of experiences. Thank God every day for the opportunity to give, and for God’s willingness to relieve us of the responsibility of judging the worthiness of others who are in need.

To read 26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER U, click on:  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter U


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1 Comment »

  1. Taken off Ligonier Living blog site:
    Thank you, Monty, for this lovely post about giving.
    Diane Cipa

    January 22, 2011 10:13 AM

    Comment by carolyncholland — January 24, 2011 @ 12:06 am | Reply

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