In my devotions this morning I read a verse that struck a chord in my heart. “He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.” Proverbs 15:27 I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard various and sundry preachers complain because they don’t get gifts or love offerings from their people! I sometimes struggle with those same complaints: “Do the people like us? They don’t seem to ever do anything for us.” I am serving these people, but not for their glory. I am serving them to honor God. He is the one I must ultimately answer to. My prayer today, as I step out the front door to show His love to the people of Northside Baptist Church, is that I won’t be greedy of gain, but that I’ll hate gifts, and keep my eyes on Him. He will meet my needs as He sees fit. If it’s His will for me to get a gift then I can claim Proverbs 17:8: A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
He’s already given me so much, He’s given me today!

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