Day 13: Giving and Leadership

Dale Sutherland

The one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness (Romans 12:8).

When I was a police officer, I worked with narcotics; I was certified as an expert in undercover operations in the United States Federal Courts. Several times throughout my career, the Chief of Police asked officers like me to put together a team that would focus on a particular crime issue.

I was a part of the team because of my skill of undercover work. However, without someone to arrest the bad guys, my skill was useless. Our team needed officers that could investigate the bad guys. We also needed experts to handle the very important communication that would take place. Lastly, we needed arrest teams to get the criminals off the streets. All of us were needed, but none of us were enough alone. 

Now, imagine that Christ has lined up our whole church, and we are standing in front of Him. As He walks by, He inspects our hearts. As the One who knows all, including how He has gifted each of us, He selects some to be encouragers, some to contribute to the “needs of others,” some to lead and govern diligently, and some to be merciful.  

Yes, we are all called to live out these qualities when given the opportunity. However, by God’s grace, we have also been given individual gifts — all for His glory. This may sound similar to the structure of a sports team or in families, but our church family is working together for the eternal, supernatural, and divine task of changing lives, bringing us closer to Jesus, and glorifying God. 

One thing to note: Regardless of your gift, be sure to remember your responsibility to use the gift God has given you.  It is a great joy to give generously, and this is a special encouragement for all of us, but especially to those of you who have been given the gift of giving. While being merciful, Paul reminds us to be cheerful. If we have been gifted to govern, we should serve with diligence.

While serving with the police department, I enjoyed my work because I learned to serve in a way that was best for the team. When you look through this verse, ask God to help you obey His Word and find the thing He has asked you to do for His team. 

Prayer points:

  • Praise God for the pastors and leaders of our church. Pray that you would give them wisdom to equip the body, as they recognize the variety of giftings each member possesses.
  • Ask God how He would like you to consider in giving during this new year. Think about the difference we can make in our city through the generous giving of our members. Ask Him to give you the heart to sacrifice financially that you may gain treasures in heaven and see His name be further proclaimed through our church.