Become An All-Star
For 19 years Ted Williams was the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox. He was a “pure hitter” and the last player whose batting average was more than .400 for a season. He excelled in baseball and was voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1966. He once said, “everybody gets better if they keep at it.” When you find your place in serving Christ through your church as a faithful and dependable believer, you have the opportunity to grow and excel in serving and giving. Paul referred to an inspiring example as he encouraged other to give. He wanted people to know how God was working in the Macedonian churches. Paul noted in 2 Corinthians 8:2-4, “During a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their generosity. I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability, they begged us incessantly for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints…” Then he challenged the Corinthian church. “Now as you excel in everything …excel also in this grace” (see verse 7). It will be a step of faith for you to begin giving 10 percent of your income through your church. That important commitment will reflect your obedience to God’s Word. When you make that key decision, you may continue to excel.
- Evaluate your attitude in giving.
- Become involved in ministries you help support.
- Increase your giving beyond the tithe.
Could it be as someone has said, “The most important pitch is the next one?”
Is God saying to you, “I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving?”