In the previous blog, I outlined how we are to approach our giving if we are to do it both cheerfully and bountifully. Cheerful giving is a result of planning and bountiful giving is a result of creatively using what you have in your hands; we have no excuse not to give our best. In this post, I will talk of the final principle about giving, which benefits both the giver and the receiver. Giving is for our own good-the more we give, the more we receive.
Before criticizing the above statement, please read on..
- Golden Eggs
The golden eggs are a result of a diligent farmer who nurtures his goose consistently. Putting it to perspective, the eggs refer to the results of our preparation and planning of resources towards giving. The joy of giving is experienced by both the giver and the receiver.
When we go out of our way to meet the needs of people consciously, love forms between us. For those who receive, a sense of appreciation that someone cares of their well-being attracts them to such people. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Even as we plan towards our giving, our thoughts get focused on those we seek to help and a sense of relationship is born. I begin to ask how they are doing and genuine concern results from my deliberate focus. When you plan to love, you learn to love.
Coming together and pulling our resources builds on our relationships and creates teamwork. Man is not an island and as we join towards doing greater things which we cannot do alone, we appreciate each other and love each other. The early church understood this sense of fellowship, knowing very well that if they took care of each other, their lives would be easier and they would accomplish greater things. Their bond led to the revolution of Christianity to what it is today.
Paul goes to say that the giving by the Corinthians went a long way to praising God. Because they gave, many were attracted to the greatness of God in their lives as He constantly supplied. To the Corinthians it was a way of praising God for the blessings they had received and for being used to minister to the church in that way. Because they gave themselves and their resources to God’s work, they enhanced His dominion on earth and it was a declaration that He ruled their lives, the resources belong to Him. Their giving had led to worship.
2nd Cor. 9:12-13 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God. While, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men.
Now imagine the farmer seeing the golden eggs gets greedy and suddenly just getting one egg each day is not enough. There are no other geese to buy and in his own wisdom, he decides to slaughter the goose and take the eggs that are forming inside and make a big one time profit. Would this be the smartest of plans? Sadly, this is how we behave when it comes to our resources and our giving. Regardless the joy and fruits of giving, we always have a nag that we do not have enough to give, often overlooking the potential of what we have. Just like the farmer, we look for that one big break then we can give. We look forward to getting a job so that we can give, getting a better salary or even growing a little bit older. We end up using our resources badly now with the hope that tomorrow will be better; we slaughter the goose hoping for a big one time profit later.
Lucky enough we hold the choice to slaughter or to nurture the goose. It starts with deciding to charter the course of giving, planning on how to do it and using all that you have. I believe that as we change our limiting thoughts into expectant ones, God will open our minds into new ways of doing things and He will not only increase but also protect all we have, because we use them to glorify Him. Align yourself to getting golden eggs today.
2nd Cor. 9:10-11 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving to us through God.
- Generous Leadership (garyrunn.com)
- He Does Not Give Lightly (offsetinnocence.wordpress.com)
- Being generous and creating a sense of entitlement (rodneyhunt.wordpress.com)
- Everyday (Not-so) Ordinary Gifts (mytotallyother.wordpress.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.