Creflo Dollar Ministries

Dear Zoe Partner

When Paul was writing to the Corinthians about the Macedonian churches, he was telling them how the Holy Spirit moved the Macedonians to be generous in their giving. Then he drew a lesson from that. In 2 Corinthians 8:2-5 (NIV) we read:

2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy [the Macedonian churches] and their extreme poverty welled   up in rich generosity.

3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,

4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with    God’s will.

The important sentence here is “They gave themselves first to the Lord.” What is the first thing we have to give to the Lord? Not our money, but ourselves. That is how it must begin with each of us. Do not give your money to God if you have not given yourself. You must begin with yourself. You cannot buy a good relationship with God. Actually, God can get on alright without your money. It is for your benefit that God requires you to give, but He has an order. He wants you first. Then, out of the giving of yourself, by His grace, the kind of giving the New Testament talks about will naturally flow.

In Romans 12:1, 2 (NIV) we see this same principle:

1 Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies
  as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.

2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then       you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

The key to finding God’s will, and that includes God’s will for your money, is to offer yourself as a living sacrifice. That means making yourself totally and unreservedly available to God for His service. When you do that, your mind is renewed by the Holy Spirit, and you begin to think a different way. As you begin to think differently, you can find God’s will in its three successive phases: “good, pleasing, and perfect.” Then, as you find God’s will, you should begin to discover that God’s plan for your money is included in His will. God’s plan for your life covers every facet of living.

Nothing exists for which He has not made provision and for which He does not accept responsibility. But you must meet Him on His terms. Do not start by giving your money; start by giving yourself. Present yourself and all that you are to the Lord as a living sacrifice on the altar of His service. Then your mind will begin to grasp the fullness of God’s provision and plan for you.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) says:

19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break
   in and steal.

20 But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and
    where thieves do not break in and steal.

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Right giving ensures that God will produce for us in this world, but that is not the ultimate. The ultimate truth is that we are laying up treasure in heaven in proportion to what we give on earth.

“Our provision is on earth, but our treasure is in heaven.”

Where you invest is where you are concerned. If you want to be more concerned for the kingdom of God, and you want to have a greater zeal for the things of God, then I will tell you one way to achieve that end: invest more. The more you invest, the more concerned you will be. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

I pray that revelation on this subject will fl ow into your life and propel you into a level of prosperity that will bless you and the kingdom of God.

 Be Blessed,
Creflo Dollar