11 Apr The Indescribable Gift
We take great care when selecting the perfect gift for that special person, but nothing compares with our Heavenly Father’s gift of his only Son to be “an atoning sacrifice for our sin” (1 John 4:10). Without God’s generosity to us, we would be eternally lost and without hope. Paul responded to God’s generous gift with this doxology of praise!
How should you respond to the generosity of your donors? Consider the previous verses.
Thankfulness. “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God” (vs. 12). Share with your donors how their gift has made an eternal difference and how your whole team is thanking God because of their generosity.
Praise. “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else” (vs. 13). Share how their faithful gift has encouraged others to praise God. Tell an impact story that would not have happened without their gift. Thank them for sharing with you and the other ministries they support.
Prayer. “And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you” (vs. 14). The greatest way to thank your donors is to pray for them. Ask for their prayer requests, spend time praying for them, and follow up to hear how God has answered.
On this Resurrection Sunday, praise God for his generous, sacrificial gift of salvation. This week, thank your donors for their generous, sacrificial gifts to your ministry.