17 Nov 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
How do you feel when a series on giving is announced? Do you feel pleasant because it reminds you of home and family; the blessings through the years; missionaries, orphans, and the lost who were saved? Do you feel negative because you were once subjected to high pressure methods or duns from churches? You may feel guilt or bad that you are reminded of your limited means. You may feel positive because you enjoy hearing about giving. As a matter of fact, sermons on stewardship may be among your favorites, because you see opportunities of all that the church could be and do if everyone tithed. Then, there are those who see Christ, God’s gift to mankind in the principles of stewardship. There was a man who was asked by a friend to donate some money for the needy. He said, “Seeing it’s you. I’ll give $5.00”. To which the friend replied, “Seeing it’s me, I can’t accept it. You should give as unto the Lord.” “On, seeing it’s our Lord, I’ll give $50. We used to sing an old hymn back in the day that said, “All for Jesus, all for Jesus. All my being’s ransomed powers. All my thoughts and words and doings. All my days and all my hours.” Where your treasure is you heart is also.