FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2018
THEME: GIVING WILLINGLY
TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 11:1- 6
MEMORY VERSE: ECCLESIASTES 11:1 “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.”
The life God has given us to live is about giving willingly. He demonstrated this with the Oxygen and Carbon dioxide we breathe in and out. The natural resources that we explore through the knowledge of science and technology to make life worth living are free gifts of God.
The writer of Ecclesiastes admonishes that one of the habits to cultivate is giving willingly because what you give will return back in folds. He illustrates the certainty of having the blessing of God that just as nature cannot fail, likewise the person who casts his “bread upon the waters” will be blessed in due season. Giving (willingly) that brings blessing is when you intentionally give to the work of God such as evangelism, helping the needy, orphans, the less-privileged and widows. In the Bible, those who gave willingly were not in want and God always met them at the points of their need such as the widow of Shuname (II Kgs. 4:8–10; 14 – 17). The name of a willing giver will always be remembered (Matt. 26: 8 – 13). Giving is receiving and givers never lack. Those who give willingly without any compulsion get more blessings in return.
Liberal giving is showing the height of love you have for the person being given. David, Arauna, Solomon, Queen of Sheba, the Magi, etc, are examples of people who gave willingly in scriptures, and they were blessed for it. Do so, too. But think of it, do you give willingly or until you are persuaded by your Minister, Class leader, President or Secretary of your Society? Jesus taught Christians to give willingly because it attracts God’s blessings. They shall be like a watered garden that never fails.
HYMN: EMHB 923 – WE GIVE THEE BUT THINE OWN
PRAYER: Lord, the giver of all good things, give me the spirit to give willingly for the advancement of Your Kingdom on earth in Jesus name I pray.