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The Gift of Giving

We receive God’s blessings to bless others. There are philanthropists who seek to promote the welfare of others, especially by donating money to good causes. Also, there are altruists who are concerned for the well-being of others. They are people motivated by their own desire to help others. There is a much higher reason and purpose why Christians give. We are moved by the love of God to give. We give to promote God’s work here on earth.

What the world call riches, we call material blessings. Generally, people view their riches as a result of their knowledge and strength. The God of Israel reminded the Israelites that their strength and wisdom came from Him (Deuteronomy 8:18). God is a generous God. In Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” When Christ became man, it is the greatest manifestation of God’s generosity.Why do we receive all these things? In 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…” It is clear that we received provisions for our physical and material needs. More importantly, God’s blessings are for our spiritual welfare. True blessings of God are beneficial in both material and spiritual aspects.

In 2 Corinthians 9:8, Apostle Paul wrote “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” The abundance of God’s blessing encourages us to be liberal givers.

As God’s nation, we are required to give our tithes – the tenth of what we received. Others have disregarded tithing, but there is no clear evidence supporting their claim. Rather, Jesus said, “yes, you should tithe,” (Matthew 23:23). The tithe is separated and consecrated for God. Only God’s people have the privilege to tithe. It is given for the work in the house of God, (Malachi 3:10).

From the remaining 90 percent, a child of God can truly show his love for God’s work. It shows our support for the advancement of the Gospel. Our passion is for the salvation of the lost. Furthermore, it is for the continuous occupation of God’s kingdom throughout the world.

Even in times of great affliction, God’s children are able to supply their needs of others. The Macedonian brethren were able to help the Christians in Jerusalem even though they themselves were in need. Apostle Paul also wrote to the Corinthian brethren, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies yor confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else” (2 Corinthians 9:12-13).

Whenever we give our offering, the needs of the Church will be supplied. This shows how obedient we are to the gospel, and it shows the generous spirit we have received from God.

In all these giving, the trusted men of God, by the apostle, administer the financial aspect in the Church. In the early Church, those who sold their lands and houses “brought the proceeds of the things that were sold and laid them at the apostle’s feet and they distributed to each as everyone had need” (Acts 4:34-35 NKJV). The ministers in the Church are the epitome of giving because they gave themselves first to God’s work. As Apostle Paul said “So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well” (2 Corinthians 1:5). We must follow the examples of the sent ones of God in the gifts of giving.

Taken from The Word issue 173

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