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2 25 07 Giving Is the Only Antidote to Materialism 1 Motivate In what ways does the Internal Revenue Service play a role in Christian giving people give to get a tax advantage at the end of the year there is an increase in giving to all charity some people wait until then to see how their taxes are going to turn out then give to put themselves in a lower tax bracket if it were not for this strategy some people might not give at all Note there is nothing wrong with taking your charitable giving as a tax deduction the problem comes with our motivation for giving 2 Transition My motivation in giving can easily become what I get out of it Today we want to look at how we can be motivated by God s grace to us 3 Bible Study 3 1 Grace the Supreme Example Grace can be defined as God s completely undeserved favorable attitude toward us Listen for the example of how Jesus demonstrated grace 2 Cor 8 9 NIV For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich yet for your sakes he became poor so that you through his poverty might become rich What example of grace did Christ set for us 8 9 He was rich for our sakes He became poor through His poverty you became rich How was Jesus rich lived in a sinless environment in heaven lived a totally spiritual existence not limited by the parameters of time and space So then in what ways did he become poor gave up the sinless environment to live here on sinful earth limited himself to time space a physical body took upon himself the sin of all mankind and the punishment judgment of death 1 2 25 07 Giving Is the Only Antidote to Materialism How can Christ s grace his blessings to you undeserved motivate you to give the blessings should be shared I didn t deserve them to start with I didn t earn them I shouldn t even expect them I should respond to them in kind becoming poor for the sake of others How can the fact that Christ became poor on your behalf and was later exalted by God motivate you to follow His example one who



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