The Riches of Giving

September 29, 2017

2 Corinthians 9:7

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

The Riches of Giving

Have you ever observed the principle that the more some people hold on to what they have, the less they have, while others give and yet always seem to have abundance?  It is as 2 Corinthians 8:15 says, “As it is written, He that [had gathered] much had nothing over; and he that [had gathered] little had no lack.”  I can see the principle at work even in my own life.  I tend to be rather frugal, saving up and tucking back money when I have it and yet I never seem to have any abundance.  On the other hand, Sharon saves her money, but she still spends it freely and blesses others and seems to experience no lack.  Often we don’t give because we fear our lack or we give begrudgingly out of guilt or obligation, but we can see where that is not faith at work.  This is an area that I personally want to grow in because I can see where our giving is like the planting for a harvest.  If we only have a vision of what we can eat today, we’ll never have the foresight to plant for what we will eat tomorrow.  God has placed a principle of multiplication within a seed.  By itself it only remains as one, but if it is planted and dies to itself it will bring forth in multiplication after its own kind.  Our lives are no different; we are likewise a seed.  We are God’s seed.  If we live only unto ourselves then our seed only abides alone and profits no one but us.  If we become like Jesus and are willing that our seed should be planted and die to itself, then we will eventually see a harvest that is much greater than we could ever be alone.  It all starts with that principle of giving. 

While the principle is sound and true, the sad thing that we observe is that this truth as been used and exploited over and over by Christian leaders to manipulate and raise money.  Many have become personally rich in the process.  Anyway, God will judge all of that.  The important thing is that we be wise and discerning, but not that we withhold from God our giving in every aspect of our lives.  It is not just our finances that we can give; we can give our love, our time and our talents as well.  I pray that I might be a man that will always give more than I take.  If I withhold good from whom it is do when it is in my power to give it then who is really robbed, them or me? 

God doesn’t want us to give because we are compelled, pressured, manipulated or guilted into it.  There is no blessing in that kind of giving.  Giving to God and even to others in His name is an act of faith by which we are trusting God and an act of worship by which we give a portion of His blessing to us back in order that others might be blessed.  He is honored in a joyful and giving heart. 

May all of us experience the riches of giving, because only in the giving do we find the richest part of life.

 

Blessings,

#kent

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