by Steve Jones

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To God Be the Glory (7 of 7)
Series: A Capital Campaign Series
Steve Jones
II Corinthians 9:11-15

Introduction: A woman went to a pet store and purchased a parrot to keep her company. She took her new pet home but returned the next day to report, ''That parrot hasn't said a word yet.'' The storekeeper asked ''Does it have a mirror? Parrots like to be able to look at their reflection in a mirror.'' So she bought the mirror and returned home. The next day she was back, announcing that the bird still wasn't speaking. The storekeeper said ''What about a ladder? Parrots enjoy walking up and down a ladder.'' So she bought the ladder and returned home. Sure enough, the next day she was back with the same story - still no talk. ''Does the parrot have a swing? Birds enjoy relaxing on a swing.'' She bought the swing and went home. The next day she returned to the store to announce the bird had died. The storekeeper said ''I'm terribly sorry to hear that. Did the bird every say anything before it died?'' The lady replied ''Yes, it said, 'Don't they sell any BIRD FOOD in that store?'''

Sometimes we fail to pay attention to the most important priorities of life. For a Christian, the all encompassing motive behind our activities and efforts is God's glory.

I Peter 4:10-11 ''Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in it's various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.''

That motive applies not only to the grace of speaking and the grace of serving, but also to the grace of giving. In II Corinthians 9:11-15 Paul concludes his instructions to the Corinthians on giving by reminding them that their gifts would result in people thanking, praising and glorifying God. Let's take a look a ...

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