Brother Kirt's Daily Devotions

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

by Bro. Kirt Scott on January 18, 2023

2 Corinthians 8:16-19

16 I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.

17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.

18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.

19 What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.

 

The Apostle is reassuring the Corinthians that the gift they give will be used for the purpose for which it is being given. He penned these words to show the Corinthians that all who were overseeing the funds were not only concerned about the Corinthians but were trustworthy to bring the full offering to its destination and intended purpose. I have read about so many church officials who mismanaged the funds given by the people of that congregation. I remember reading an article some years ago about a minister who stole over a hundred thousand dollars from the church in order to pay for his own gambling debts. I heard about still another minister and treasurer who misappropriated tens of thousands of dollars from their small rural congregation. Needless to say, these scandals are nothing new. In fact, most of the cults and far too many religions of today were started by their founders to generate revenue. Jesus said that money is the root of all kinds of evil, and that is certainly true. It is something that tempts so many to sin against God and their fellow man. This should certainly serve as a grave warning to all organizations to ensure that there are trustworthy people in charge of their funds. We must strive to choose people who have a track record of doing the right thing and who are honest with little and honest with much. Such a person has proven themselves trustworthy in the small things as well as the big things already in their own daily lives. May we all strive to be wholly trustworthy!

 

Father God, instill in me the honesty necessary for me to be a trustworthy person. Help me to reflect your character more and more so that others will see me as a person of the truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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