SIGNIFICANCE OF GIVING (1)

If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of doing something for somebody, you will end up not doing anything for anybody. 

Malcome Bane

 

Giving in the right spirit is an act of worship. It is rendering God a tribute of praise. 

It is saying. “You gave me everything and here is a small expression of my gratitude and praise for all your good gifts. It’s not to bribe Him, but to say “Of all you’ve given me, here’s my little way of saying thank you” It’s only a token, a sample of what I really feel, but you know the heart that lies behind it. 

This should be the attitude we should have when giving or opening our hands to people; knowing that we are not the source of whatever we give to people. God is the ultimate provider and so we must acknowledge this while dealing with people around us. Always!

 

Outlining some of the significance of giving will greatly assist us to understand what approach or heart we should come with while giving. 

Firstly, Giving exhibits God’s heart: God is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). As His image-bearers we are called to copy His giving, to be mini-pictures of His infinitely large heart. The larger our hearts (and the wider our hands), the larger the picture we paint of God’s character.

Secondly, Giving illustrates God’s salvation: At the heart of the Gospel is sacrificial self-giving (John 3:16). That’s why when the Apostle Paul wanted to encourage the Corinthians to give more, he pointed them to the work of Christ. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich”. When we give sacrificially, painfully, for the benefit of others, we are preaching the Gospel message.

For God so loved the world that He gave

 

Scriptural References

Deuteronomy 15:10, Malachi 3:10

 

Reflections

  • Are you really giving in proportion to the material blessings that the Lord has given you?

 

  • How do you see Tithe paying?

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