The recent events in the world have made me think about what I am doing in order to give back to others. When the word ‘giving’ is mentioned there seems to be a negative stigma attached to it but here I want to take a different approach and expand your thoughts on the term. Which brings me to question, what are you giving?
This week I will be focusing on the scripture found in Luke 6:38 and it states ‘’give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back’’. Throughout scripture we know that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) therefore there is an emphasis on the word ‘giving’. Just as God gave his son, we are also called to give because by giving we are choosing to put others before ourselves. We place the importance of others before our own needs and desires. You serve a purpose for those that are in your circle. One thing that I have been saying this year is that ‘’if one person on the team wins, then we all win’’, this boils down to making sure that you have significant but varied people in your circle and that you congratulate the team when one person wins. When I get blessed, my whole team receives part of that blessing.
But that depends, are you giving?
When you give, God will give back to you with a double portion because he has seen your heart in the art of giving. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says ‘’ for God loves a cheerful giver’’. This highlights that God loves it when we give as it pleases him. Each time you give, helping to advance the kingdom. When you receive a nugget from God through obedience you have to be able to have confidence in sharing what God has taught you based on his time. Pouring into others is such a blessing within itself and can be done in various ways, such as, time, attention, finances, food and materialistic things. As there are different ways to give, this means that as individuals we do not have an excuse to not give. God doesn’t want our money, he would rather have our time and know that we are striving for our hearts to be aligned with his will.
With all this being said, what are you giving?
Once we give, we have to prepare ourselves to receive. Receiving requires much because it boils down to a heart matter. Your heart has to be ready to receive from God. When we open up our hearts to receive. God gives us what we need not what we desire. Having that sole reliance in God knowing that this very thing that you are giving, God will supply it to someone that needs it. We have to come out of the mentality of what we have is not good enough because you could be hindering someone from receiving exactly what they are praying for. The very thing that you do not use or is sitting at the back of the cupboard is the answer to someone’s prayer.
What are you giving?
Part of this scripture says ‘’The amount you give will determine the amount you get back’’. This reminds me of the story found in Mark 12:41-44, it is about the widow who had nothing but two coins to give during offering time. The disciples and religious rulers looked down on her for giving so little but it was all that she had and she still gave. This parable teaches us so many lessons based on giving:
- Others see the inward but God looks at the heart
- Don’t worry about what others think of you, trust in who God says you are
- If this was all you had, would you give it all?
- Where is your level of faith at with God?
I want to challenge you this week, give to someone. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture but do something for someone.
What are you giving?
Peace & Love