Austin Pryor on Giving is a Reflection of a Life Lived for the Glory of God

As you become a more generous giver, you more fully reflect God’s life in you, for God is a giver.

  • You make God happy (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
  • You testify to His sovereignty in your life and ownership of all that is yours to control (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).
  • You reflect where your treasure is (Matthew 6:19-21).
  • You show your complete trust in Him to supply for your needs (Philippians 4:17-19).
  • You ensure greater spiritual usefulness (Luke 16:11-12).
  • You reap eternal benefits (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
  • Most importantly, you bring Him glory (2 Corinthians 9:13).

For these reasons and many more, I want to inspire you to grow in your giving.

Over the decades, the Sound Mind Investing newsletter has published dozens of articles aimed at encouraging our readers in the area of giving. At first, that might seem like a strange choice for an investing publication. Many of the articles don’t speak about financial matters at all.

But they do something more important. They powerfully remind us of eternal riches and the unshakeable truth of Paul’s admonition to “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). God is resolutely determined to use our sacrifices for His glory.

That’s what I want! Don’t you? To see God use our lives for His glory? After all, that’s why He made us. As John Piper put it in Desiring God:

God created us “in his image” so that we would image forth his glory in the world. We were made to be prisms refracting the light of God’s glory into all of life. Why God should want to give us a share in shining with his glory is a great mystery. Call it grace or mercy or love — it is an unspeakable wonder. Once we were not. Then we existed for the glory of God! 

Therefore it is the duty of every person to live for the glory of God. “So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

What does it mean to glorify God? It does not mean to make him more glorious. It means to acknowledge his glory, and to value it above all things, and to make it known. It implies heartfelt gratitude (Psalm 50:23). It also implies trust (Romans 4:20).

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Austin Pryor