“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 certain country clubs and you will get an idea! Actually, for some people, the more they have, the more stringent they become.
What we all need to know those who are “givers’ among us are bound to experience more of God’s blessings in ways that outrival 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 compared it to that of a poor widow. He 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. If there is a gift any of us should pray for, if we are missing it, then 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 bless me with the gifting of giving knowing the multiple blessings of those who give.
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“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.
The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.
And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).
When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.