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Psalm 37:25I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
Giving has always been a contentious issue among Christians. Some people believe that when we give, we should never expect anything in return. Others say that giving is a means to gain personal wealth. Which is it?
Jesus advocated giving. Firstly, he endorsed the paying of tithes with the account of the poor widow’s mite. He was sitting opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Secondly, he said things like, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Elsewhere we read of how Paul was in need and the Philippian folks gave generously to meet his budget. Of their gifts, Paul writes, “They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” Writing to the Corinthians he says, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. God loves a cheerful giver.” And God always blesses the one he loves. (Remember, though Paul writes these words, they were inspired by the Holy Spirit – all Scripture is God-breathed.)
God loves the act of giving because God is a giver. Notice what the Scripture says in Philippians 4 verse 19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Likewise, Jesus implies that the giver, with the right heart motive, will be profusely blessed in return.
For the Christian, giving needs to be an open and honest act; not done to impress others but done cheerfully, with the motive of giving rather than receiving. Thus done, our God of abundance, who is true to his word, will never see the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread!
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DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
Lord you – and only you – are my source and my resource. I choose to give, believing that I can never out-give your provision in my life.
“Lord my God, I believe that giving to the needs of others, to the work of Christian ministry and tithing to my church are true and applicable biblical principles. Forgive me if I have ever given with the wrong motive – either to impress others or for selfish gain. I believe that, if I give cheerfully, open-handed and open-hearted, then I will receive your blessings, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Lord, you – and only you – are my source and my resource. I choose to give, believing that I can never out-give your provision in my life. Amen.”
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