LIVE TO GIVE!
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”
The Lord Jesus, teaching in Luke 6:38 said “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom….” He thus established a spiritual principle which implies the more you give, the more you’d receive. This principle makes giving a channel through which God blesses you materially.
God already took the responsibility to supply all your need; not through the labour of your hands, but according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
So it would be wrong to rely on the income from your job for your life’s sustenance. There’re people who say the reason they work is to make a living, but that’s not what the Word teaches: “lets us know why we ought to work: Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Ephesians 4:28).
Giving is so important to God, and givers are very special to Him. He always responds to givers. Take for example the account of the Roman centurion in Luke 7:3-10. The Bible records that the elders of the Jews pleaded with Jesus to heal his sick servant. Jesus responded and healed the Centurion’s servant after they informed Him of how he had built them a synagogue.
Givers will always move the heart of God. God appeared to Solomon and gave him a “blank cheque,” only after Solomon offered to the Lord one thousand burnt offerings (1 Kings 3:3-5). Never let opportunities to give pass you by unutilized. As you give, not only will the Lord multiply your seeds sown, He’ll also increase your capacity to give, so that you can have more. So for the giver, it’s a win-win situation. Halleluiah!
2 Corinthians 9:6;