Sunday Message Summary, 8 August 2021
What brings prosperity in the Kingdom of God is generosity. Proverbs 11:24-25 explains that the one who scatters, who gives extravagantly, who is not particular & just gives more, is the one who will be made rich. In simple terms, what makes a Christian rich is their own giving, because generous giving and generous offering receives generous blessing. There are blessings that only giving attracts, and as Christians, we receive from GOD in proportion to what we give and how we give it. If we have not been faithful with money and material resources, how will GOD bless us with the same (Luke 16:11,13)?
The one who keeps more than they are supposed to keep, will lose it and more (Proverbs 11:24). GOD is able to bless a generous giver abundantly, but one who does not give abundantly cannot receive abundantly (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). It is the same GOD who gives a little to the one who gives a little and blesses abundantly the one who gives abundantly. When we keep giving sparingly and expect to reap bountifully and generously, it is unscriptural because all the blessings of GOD are conditional, and they are conditioned on obedience to GOD and the Word of God.
Though it is painful for one to give in a season when it is difficult to sow, when such a person gives, amid this pain, this sacrificial giving will yield a harvest (Psalm 126:5-6). Sacrificial giving means giving what you need the most and giving generously. This is a test and a show of faith. Isaac sowed out of need, in a famine, what his life depended on, and he became very rich (Genesis 26). When Jesus observed people placing their gifts in the treasury, the poor widow who gave two mites gave all that she had to live on, and Jesus was not drawn to the big offerings but to this widow’s offering, which was the least given (Luke 21:1-4). The rich in this scenario gave a tiny part of their surplus, while the widow gave all that she could. The rich gave to be seen and to honor themselves, and their giving didn’t mean anything to them, not being given sacrificially. God knows what we have to give to Him, and He expects us to give in proportion to what He has given us.
We learn from the account concerning Cornelius that a righteous man is a generous giver, and godliness goes hand in hand with generosity (Acts 10:1-4).Furthermore, with our giving and offering, souls are saved, so giving grudgingly, reluctantly, and sparingly is selfish. When we give in the name of the LORD, we give directly as unto the LORD, and, similar to Cornelius, GOD will not forget our generous giving in this life or eternity. The souls that are won by our faithful, consistent, and generous giving will someday receive us in Heaven.
In summary, here are 6 reasons why we should give generously based on Scripture:
1. GOD recognises giving (Luke 21:1-4).
2. GOD remembers giving and He will not forget (Acts 10:1-4).
3. Giving attracts GOD (1 Kings 3:4-5).
4. Giving pleases and honors GOD (Genesis 8:20-21).
5. Giving appeases GOD (1 Chronicles 21:18-27).
6. Giving has eternal rewards and eternal value (Luke 16:9).
Godliness goes hand in hand with generosity.