In this lab, John Piper reminds us that God doesn’t want you to begrudgingly give. He wants to satisfy you with himself so that you would give cheerfully.
Principle for Bible Reading
Plan to Do, Not Just Hear
As you read the word, remember the commandment of Jesus, reiterated by James, to be doers and not merely hearers of the word (Matthew 7:24–27; James 1:22–25).
No one wanders into obedience. Often, we must take time to not only digest what we have read, but to plan for how we can practically obey God’s will.
- Do you regularly give to the local church? Why or why not?
- In 2 Corinthians 9:6–7, Paul shows us the heart of a Christian giver. Write down what he says this person does and does not give like.
- How can this text confirm or challenge your giving practices going forward?