Tag Archive | giving

II Chronicles 31:5 ” As soon as the order went out, the Isralites generously gave the fristfruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.”

The other day I helped at the local Food Pantry organizing all the donated food that’s coming in this time of the year from the  many food drives going on… there was a mountain of food to find a place for.  It struck me how  willingly and joyfully  the people of this area are in donating to this great cause…and because of their generous nature, many will have food on their tables this holiday season.  We can’t be tight-fisted, just giving the bare minimum  of what we have to others…for it’s really not ours in the first place…the Lord has blessed us with it.  Instead, we need to be happy and glad to give, for it tells us in II Corinthians 9:7, “God loves a cheerful giver.”  This Scripture shows us that they gave generously of all they had, not holding back but giving with a open hand and a big heart.  I pray we may become that type of people.

Luke 21: 3-4 ” ‘I tell you the truth,’ He said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’ “

Anytime sacrificial giving is mentioned, people get real antsy.  It’s not that we don’t want to give to Kingdom work…it’s just that we’re selfish.  Now you’re probably thinking I’m talking about money…No, I’m not!  I’m talking about something far more valuable to you than money…it’s your time.  We’ll happily give to charitable organizations, relief funds, and soup kitchens…but ask us to volunteer our time and that’s a different story.  It says in II Corinthians 8:12, “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.”   God wants you,  not your money…He wants you to volunteer rather than just donate to the cause…He wants you to give sacrificially of your most valuable resource…yourself.

Malachi 3:10 ” ‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’ “

I challenge you to examine the integrity of God.  Dare to consider His incorruptible virtues.  For if you truly believe God is who He says He is…then test Him.  “Give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, presses down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  ( Luke 6:38)   Test Him, and you will find that you can not out give God.

Proverbs 11:24-25 ” One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

When it comes to giving, God tests the heart and is pleased with integrity. The Lord wants our giving to be done with the right motive… He desires us to give out of a heart of mercy, not for what we can gain from it. Those

God-given gifts, talents, and passions were given to us to bless others. And when we serve, minister, and honor others, we in turn will be blessed by the Lord. “A generous man will himself be blessed.” Proverbs 22:9.