Giving, God’s Way
September 30, 2018, 3:11 am
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A really sweet and godly lady felt led to place her two children into a private Christian school, even though the cost would stretch the family budget.  Her husband was all in, and she was even willing to take a job within the school so she could bring her children and be with them.  But to do all this, she sacrificed.  With Christmas season coming, the realization that gifts for her children would be difficult to provide brought grief to this precious mom.  Some people noticed her sadness and learned of her need.  So one morning before she came into work, one family brought gifts that they had purchased for her family.  Never told her.   They gave freely and generously as an act of love for this precious woman and her precious children.  One more thing, the family that gave the gift made the decision to do so, even though it meant they sacrificed.  The joy of this dear family for gifts from their sacrifice was one of the best gifts the family experienced for the season.  

In 2 Corinthians, Paul explains what giving is.  He shares his great excitement about the sacrificial giving of the churches of Macedonia.  This group of saints had experienced difficulty by facing troubles that led to a lack of the abundance of money.  The are a great example not that money doesn’t bring happiness, but more importantly, it doesn’t bring joy.  Happiness is temporary and is dependent on what reaction we have to something that we desire.  A great meal, a fun activity, new clothes for some and perhaps a new tool for others.  Yet this group of people, who according to Paul had given of themselves as a living sacrifice to the Master and Savior as the most important priority in their life, also freely gave to others and had abundant joy from their act.  Paul explained they weren’t forced into giving, but wanted to freely give.  He encourages the Corinthians, who were excited to give, to finish the job so that this special work of grace of giving.  Paul explains that he is not commanding or ordering them to give but to give because of the example of the Macedonians.  And Paul reminds them of a greater example, that of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was rich but for our sake became poor in order that we might become rich in spiritual things.

True giving is first of all, freely giving.  We are not compelled to give.  We give because it is an act arising from our love of God and our love for others.  Second, true giving is both the desire to give and the completion of giving.  Third, true giving is not judged by what you don’t have to give, but by what you do have to give.  Giving is not a competition between believers.  God doesn’t intend for you to have troubles as you try to give what others give.  God knows that true giving does involve sacrifice, but Paul reminds the Corinthians that he doesn’t want them to experience poverty because of their giving while others are a ease because they give so much more without the sacrifice.  Fourth, true giving is a voluntary distribution of GOD’S resources.  All of our wealth and possessions are really God’s.  At times He moves you to give it to someone who needs it.  What a privilege to share this with you.  Finally, Paul reminds us that today, we may be blessed to help financially, and tomorrow we may be the one receiving the help.  I don’t know if Paul is telling the Corinthian church that they may be in need and the Jerusalem church will help the financially or if their financial gift will be repaid through the Jerusalem church’s spiritual gifts

So today, are you looking for the opportunities that God brings your ways to help by giving?  Remember, you receive the gift of eternal life first.  Then your first gift is yourself to God.   This gift includes your talents, your gifts, your time and your wealth.  Next, get ready to give.  Our Lord Jesus Christ gave of His great riches so we who were poor spiritually could, through Him become a son of God, as we stand before Him with the wealth of imputed righteousness enabling us to be accepted in the Beloved.