Giving From The Heart
“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”
In my book “God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Life” I devoted a chapter entirely to the importance of giving back a portion of what God has given us. We are to give our tithes and offerings but we must also give of ourselves. We all have grown up with the saying that “It is more blessed to give than receive.” There is probably not any more truer words than these to follow each and every day of our lives, and if each of us could follow this example we would be overflowing with blessings from God. God set the standard for the ultimate gift when he gave his son Jesus to come to earth and die on the cross for our sins. This was the ultimate gift that could be given to anyone. The majority of the Bible is based on the philosophy of giving. Christ commanded us to give, and give freely. To give freely is an invitation to a glorious and abundant life. If a person gets his attitude toward money right, it will help straighten out almost every other area of his life. Do you realize just how much we are a slave to our money? Some people spend their entire lives serving their money, often without even realizing it. Matthew 6:24 “You cannot serve both God and Money.” The chief motive of the selfish person is “Get.”, while the chief motive of the dedicated Christian should be “Give”. Jesus said to “Give, and it will be given to you”. The Bible also teaches us that blessings follow those who give liberally. I have heard numerous people state over the years that they were always afraid to put to the test God’s promise to bless those who are generous. They feared they would not have enough to sustain themselves. Then when they decided to tithe (to give a tenth of their income) in accordance with the Bible’s standard, they began to prosper. They discovered what countless others have known for years, and that is that you cannot out give God. There are many things that keep people from giving as they should, selfishness, fear, and insecurity and in many instances a sinful habit they would rather support instead of giving. Our society has taught us to look out for number one and what’s in it for me. Most people are living only for themselves, and are not interested in other people. They don’t have time to help others in need, and focus only on what they want, what they need and what they feel will benefit themselves. No matter what they acquire for themselves, they are never satisfied. If we are ever going to experience a new level of joy in our life and want God to begin to shower us with his blessings and favor, we must get our minds off ourselves. We must learn to be a giver instead of a taker.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Two
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