Joyful Thanks Living - Review

Joyful Thanks Living - Bible study 
part 10 of 10


What is God’s Place in Daily Life?
 
 
What is the Purpose of Life? 
   Our purpose is to worship God.  Worship of God is THE reason God created us.  Praising God is what fulfills our deepest desires and makes us complete. 
 
 
Our Daily Life is Worship
   “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
   “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”  (Romans 12:1)


 
 

“God invites us to join in the work of missions,
not because he needs us but because he wants

to give us the privilege of working with him.”
People’s Bible – Psalms 1-72

 
 
 
 
 
God is the Giver
   God does not need our offerings of time or money (Psalm 50:7-15).  God is always the giver, never the receiver.  True worship always consists of praise and thanks to him. 
(Carl Zorn, The Psalms, pages 225-226)
 
 
An Invitation to Us
   “God invites us to join in the work of missions, not because he needs us but because he wants to give us the privilege of working with him. When the Israelites did not take the gospel to the nations, Paul’s work went on without them. If we throw away our chances, the work will go on without us, and only we will be the poorer for it. God’s kingdom will come, and his will shall be done—either with us or without us.” 
(People’s Bible – Psalms 1-72, page 209)
 
 
Give me Your Heart
   “My son, give me your heart.”  (Proverbs 23:26). 
   To those who were NOT giving God their hearts, Jesus quoted Isaiah, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain.”  (Matthew 15:8-9)
 
 
Why We Give
   Why do we give offerings of money to Good Shepherd’s?  Our offerings are used to pay Good Shepherd’s expenses, but that should NOT be the primary reason we give those offerings.  Through offerings given joyfully out of love for God, we tell God that he is more important to us than our possessions. 
 
  
 
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.   
2 Corinthians 9:7

 
 
 
Choosing How Much to Give
   “With freedom comes responsibility. So it is in the matter of giving under the new covenant. If the Corinthians were free to choose for themselves what to give, that implied two things. For one thing, they could not ignore the responsibility which that freedom gave them. They were responsible for planning their giving. Second, they needed to be aware that this planning process would be aided by the new man living in them, but it would also be obstructed by the old Adam. The Corinthians had the responsibility of making sure that they knew who was talking and of listening to the right voice.”  (People’s Bible – 2 Corinthians, page 162)
 
 
Sinners and Saints
   As Christians on this earth we are both sinners (our old Adam) and saints (our new man – the real us).  The People’s Bible discusses how our lives as both sinner and saint affect our offerings:
 
 
Giving Under Compulsion
   “One way of identifying these competing voices, as Christians plan their giving, is to remember that the old Adam gives only ‘reluctantly or under compulsion.’ The word translated ‘reluctantly’ literally means ‘out of grief.’ The old Adam is marked by covetousness. It grieves him to part with money unless it is being used for a selfish end.”  (People’s Bible – 2 Corinthians, page 163)
 
 
Giving Cheerfully
   “The new man, on the other hand, is ‘a cheerful giver.’ The word translated ‘cheerful’ is found only one other time in the Bible. Paul in Romans speaks of a person with the spiritual gift of ‘showing mercy.’ If one has that gift, says Paul, then ‘let him do it cheerfully’ (12:8).” (People’s Bible – 2 Corinthians, page 163)


   When we live to the glory of God and place God first in our lives, we are worshiping God with our daily lives.  In this way we can worship God while at work, home, school, and at all other times.  God provides us with blessings to meet our physical and spiritual needs.  God invites us to return a portion of what he has given us.  Our voluntary offerings of money and time are tokens that God is more important to us than these things. 
 
 
 
Let Us Pray:
    Dear Jesus,  Lead me to dedicate every day to you,
so that even when I am doing ordinary things
like eating and drinking, it is to your glory. 
    Give me a generous heart,
one that reflects your amazing love. 
I give my heart to you, for you gave your life for me. 
    Amen.

 
 
 
Ministry Highlights
In coming weeks, our Joyful Thanks Living bulletin inserts will look at some of the many ways Good Shepherd’s is proclaiming the gospel message.  These Good Shepherd’s “Ministry Highlights” inserts will show how we are working locally through our church, elementary school, high school, and other groups, and how we are working nationally and internationally through our synod (WELS), our synodical high schools and colleges, and through our national and international mission programs.
 
 
Bibliography      
Brug, J. F. (2002).   Psalms : Psalms 1-72.  The People's Bible.  Northwestern Publishing House.
Valleskey, D. J. (1992).   2 Corinthians.  The People's Bible.  Northwestern Publishing House.
Zorn, Carl Manthey (2005).  The Psalms – A Devotional Commentary.  Northwestern Publishing House.


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Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. ~ LUKE 12:32