Wednesday, 24 February 2021
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 NKJV
One of the most controversial topics in Christianity is giving, one of the reasons is because of what others have made of it. Sadly, they are using it as a means to enrich themselves in the name of God and at the expense of the sheep. It is because of these charlatans that a lot of believers are skeptical when it comes to giving, I mean, who can blame them, especially when they come from such an environment. We need to go back to GOD and pray and ask Him to give us our own personal revelation about giving, that way we eliminate the “middleman” and after that when we give we will be giving to GOD out of revelation and not manipulation.
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,” (II Corinthians 9:10 NKJV). GOD will not ask us to give anything that He has not first given to us. Also, GOD doesn’t have a need so when He asks us to give it is because He wants to multiply what we give back to Him. He even says that we should test Him in our giving and see if He won’t open the windows of heaven and pour out such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10). One of the reasons that we struggle with giving, as children of God, is because we think that what we have is ours, when in actual fact it comes from GOD and we are just stewards (John 3:27). When we understand that EVERYTHING that we have comes from GOD, it will become easier for us to give and to share with others.
“Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But GOD said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward GOD.” (Luke 12:16-21 NKJV). GOD gave us His best because He loves us, He is our example in giving so we have no excuse to be an Uncle Scrooge. We should rather lay up treasures for ourselves in heaven than here on earth so that we may be rich toward GOD.
When we understand that EVERYTHING that we have comes from GOD, it will become easier for us to give and to share with others.