A lot of people don’t like giving, including some of us Christians. If that sounds like you, you might feel a bit uncomfortable, but please read on because I want to share an important secret with you.
If you’ve ever read the Bible with an open and honest heart, then you know it teaches us to give frequently and generously (Luke 6:24)
“Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.”
Exodus 25:2 KJV
When you go out there and see some of your peers seemingly doing better than you, it is not because they are smarter than you, it is most likely because they are responding to the Word of God the way they should respond. In Exodus 25:2, the people of Israel had just come out of 430 years of slavery and people who are slaves don’t own anything. If you have been under the hands of taskmasters who abused you, misused you, molested you and treated you anyhow, often times you have nothing. These are the people Jehovah was speaking to.
He spoke unto Moses saying: ‘speak unto the children of Israel that they bring me an offering, of every man that giveth it willingly from his heart you shall take my offering.’ Common sense would say, ‘God, that’s not fair, you’re God, you should be merciful unto them.’ That is how the natural man thinks, that made not receive the things of GOD Corinthians 2v14 and that is how we think. We would say: there are poor people in church, and you are asking them for offering. There are poor people and you are taking their tithes. Let me tell you, you don’t have enough money to finance the work of God. no mater how wealthy you are, you can never be wealthy enough to finance God’s work it is only a privilege for you to show how mush you love him and in that he still give it back to you to show you and the world his goodness mercies unto the children of men. Understand that with or without you, God will finance His Kingdom. Your partaking in it depends on which level you want to be and which dimension you want to go.
When God spoke to them in Exodus 25, it was not relevant that some people had challenges. All that mattered was for them to respond properly, by giving willingly.
Further reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, 9:1-12.
“for you cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13)
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… but store up for yourselves treasure in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:19-21)
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matt 19:24) for most rich people believe more in what they are having securing it and using it to secure them selves rather than looking on God divine protection which bring upon them fear and uncertainty not believe and obey God absolutely
Most of us don’t struggle to understand Jesus’ teaching, but we struggle to obey it because we are afraid. When we let go of money and some valuable things including relationship, we’re letting go of our security
The good news is money and all thing’s God gave to man is a show of God’s love to mankind to enhance our relationship with him and bless to mankind. Here’s the secret benefit of giving: it ’s good for us to give because it’s spiritual and the only spiritual key to unlock blessing e.g how you plant a pieces of yam, it grow and bring forth a big tuber, how come because God’s spiritual law of sowing and reaping. This teaches us to find our security in the almighty Father God and to rely on Him for all our needs. a giving spirit makes life with God an adventure
Giving money, time, even prayers and other things to God and show kindness to man is a great way of showing our love to God and seeing how He uses us to bless others. As we give, our attitude is transformed. Rather than asking, “How much of my money should I give to God?” we ask “How much of God’s money should I keep for myself?”
So give with a glad and generous heart because the very act of letting go of money does something within us. It destroys the demon, greed and allows generosity to grow.
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
1 Kings 17:13
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,
9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
As Christians, we need to recognize that the privilege of God’s grace does not absolve us of our responsibilities. It is true that for anyone to succeed in life, God’s grace has to come into play. Nevertheless, we must also understand that by God’s design, all good things come at a cost. In other words, to get a good output from any endeavor, God expects you to give a tangible input in form of effort, which His grace will multiply. Indeed, it is our works that lubricate the wheels of grace. Even the Omnipotent God did not form us from nothing: man was formed from the dust of the ground. When we understand this truth and act on it, we create room for God’s grace to be multiplied in our live. This was what happened in the life of the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:9-16). For her to have food throughout the period of famine, she needed to put in something that would cause God’s grace to work on her behalf. Giving her last meal provided God’s grace an object to act on and multiply. In God’s divine economy, multiplication does not occur in the place of emptiness.
Bible reading is a testament to how the divine economy works. While the disciples worried about how to feed five thousand hungry people after their retreat, the Master knew that all He needed was something that God’s grace could act upon in order to unleash God’s miraculous provision. All it took was a boy’s lunch of five small barley loaves and two fish. Jesus took the meal, gave thanks and distributed it to the multitude through His disciples. There is a lot we can learn from this story. First, our God is not presumptuous; rather, he is orderly and intentional. Second, though there is nothing He cannot do, there are many things He will not do except we play our part as carriers of His image and collaborate with Him. For example, unless a farmer puts something in the ground, there can be no harvest, not because God cannot do it but because He will not do it. In the same way, unless a man comes together with his wife, reproduction will not take place. Couples waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb should know that they have a part to play in this regard for God’s grace to be activated in their lives. Those who keep robbing God of His tithes should also realize that they are preventing God from unleashing His blessing over their lives. May the Lord grant you understanding of His ways in Jesus’ Name.
Examine your life to find out those areas were you have been running away from your responsibilities, and m
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
These days, many children of God do not pay attention to giving. For many, their experience with false prophets has made them averse to giving, while some are now tired of giving because they have been ignorantly sowing on infertile ground and have not reaped their expected harvest. Have you chosen not to give for one reason or the order? Whatever the reason may be, your experience does not change the validity of God’s word. If the word of God is not working for you, you must have gotten something wrong somewhere. Examine you past actions on giving and make appropriate adjustments where required. The question is, how much and how often should you give?
According to Proverbs 3:27-28, we are to help anyone who is in need, just as Jesus taught in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). When I was in kindergarten, my teacher taught us a song which says “whosoever you have the power to help is your neighbor; so help him or her”. Furthermore, this scripture teaches that we should not postpone the good deeds of today till tomorrow. Tomorrow might be too late! The story was told of a man who delayed to help his younger brother get the medical treatment he needed. When he later made up his mind to help, he took the money to the hospital, only to meet his brother’s lifeless body on the way to the mortuary! His help was late. In other words, giving is time-bound. Esau is another example of someone who gave belatedly. By the time he brought his father the meal, needed to procure his blessing, someone else had carted the blessing away already. We must be quick to respond to calls to give, especially when it comes to projects that have to do with God’s kingdom. Another lesson we should learn from our Bible text is that for as long as you still have anything to give, you must not stop giving. God id telling us today to give, give and give again. The good thing about giving is that the giver can never lack something to give. Proverbs 11:24 says:
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”
Beloved, give, give and give again, because you will be adequately rewarded.
JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TO DAY,AND FOR EVER.