Thursday, July 18, 2013

Giving; A journey of Obedience, Love and Blessings.


I have this giver in my office. Like for real I need to change his name to "giver". Have you ever met those people in life who just grab every opportunity to give someone a gift? Well the giver in my office is the perfect example. He is one of the few Christians I know in my office and obviously that is what helped to foster our relationship - our Christian faith. This week was the third account he has given but the first where I really had to think and yearn to be a giver too.

I cant really go into details but it was one of those moments where receiving a gift was just so far fetched that it made I and my roommate ask "Who even thinks that far?" And that brought me to understand that with giving it is more about the heart of the person than really the gift in itself. No one has challenged me to give like this giver in my office in my whole life!

So what is it with this Giving?
Apparently the is Joy in it, like every other thing else God requires from us. But I believe the Joy doesn't just happen, it happens over time when this "requirement" has now become a habit (because you now fully understand the reason behind it). Like we have all noticed, when it comes to the church talking about finances, that is likely one of the most not-liked sermons especially the time for tithes and offerings. But as usual - knowing the word of God is sovereign - we don't like it because we don't yet get it.

In the bible there are many accounts of giving; why to give, who to give, when to give. In respect to why, these are the 3 reasons I can find that make me want to give;

1. God commands it:

Luke 3:11: And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”
Proverbs 3:9: Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the first fruits of all your income.
Proverbs 3:27: Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

2. It is an act of Love (Kindness, Affection, Appreciation): 

John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Acts 20:35a: In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak. 
1 John 3:17: But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

3. Blessings come back to me: 

Acts 20:35b: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Proverbs 22:9: He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
Proverbs 11:24-25: There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.

I want to leave a life of giving where my reasons are in this order. I don't want to give solely because I know I would receive, in a way I think it turns around and bites you in the back as selfishness if that is the only reason you give. Giving because God commands it is placed as number one because regardless of why he commanded it I still want to live a life of Giving; you know, kinda like the "God said it so it is" understanding. I mean it all works out that I understand why he said it but if I did not understand would I not give? I don't believe God intends to keep us in the dark, that is why there is something called revelation. The closer you get to him, the closer he gets to you. So if in the case where I did not understand why God has given a command, I would strive to do it anyways because it is when there is that seed of obedience that there can be the seed of revelation. So I do it, not to remain in the dark about understanding but to get passed it and arrive on the "Now I get it" side.

Walk with me on this Journey of Giving; A journey of Obedience, Love and Blessings.

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness

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