2 Corinthians 8:5b (NIV 1984)
They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
Some people willingly give of their time, talent, treasure, and ties [relationships] to various Christian ministries and church related activities. As the Scripture verse indicates, we should give first to the Lord, but then we should give to those individuals and organizations that are doing what the Lord has commanded… sharing the gospel, making disciples, baptizing, and feeding and caring for His sheep. May we not hold on to our time, talent, treasure, and ties so tightly that we forget to whom they actually belong. May we praise God for His provisions. May we share of our abundance with others in need. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)