“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35 (NIV).
Although giving is not among the gifts the Apostle Paul listed in I Cor 12: 4-12; it is quite clear there are those of us who find it easier to give than being stringent. Whenever a call is made to contribute to any cause, there are quick to dig into their sparse resources and freely share.
Now by the way, lest we are confused, the givers often do not have much more than others. If one thinks that giving is a matter of how much one has, why do a majority of billionaires die with their billions all intact, hardly ever having given a penny to charity! Try fundraising from a country club and you will get an idea! Actually, for some, the more they have, the more stringent they become.
Yet those who are “givers’ among us are bound to experience more of God’s blessings in ways that out-rival the rest of us. Luke 6:36 says, “Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” The implication here that wherever we give we are also depositing into a heavenly account from which we draw a multiplicity of blessings.
This is why, we are challenged, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,” and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Cor 9:6). Giving it must be remembered is a matter of heart and not how big one’s pockets are. Once Jesus compared the giving of some rich people and a poor widow with hardly anything and said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on” (Mark 12:43-44).
The people with big hearts tend not only be more blessed but are far happier to live with for they enjoy sharing and making all fulfilled. If there is a gift any of us should pray for, if we are missing it, it should be giving. Trust, it will pay off. “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor 9:7-8).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, from you who gave your life for our salvation, we learn the value of giving, and today I pray that you may bless me with the gifting of giving knowing the multiple blessings of those who give!
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!