I am a firm believer in being a giver in life. I believe giving can be a
blessing both for the recipient and for the one who gave. When someone
gives with a pure heart with the sole intention of making someone else
better, then the blessing that they will receive will be equivalent and
sometimes even greater than the gift that they gave. That is the way God
has intended for giving to work. The Lord Jesus declares in Luke 6:38
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken
together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same
measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” The Lord has
promised that every seed that is sown into good ground will take root and
bring back a good harvest. We should be quick to sow our seeds into the
lives of others and allow our life to make a great impact on their life.
We are all connected in this world and the quicker we help our brothers
rise higher, the quicker the Lord will smile down upon us and give us a
just reward for being our brothers keeper.
When one gives it should be done with a pure heart and with pure
intentions. We shouldn't give with open hands and closed hearts. We
should be cheerful givers wanting to see others rise higher, becoming
better and overcome every challenge that is in their path at that moment.
We must remember what the Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 9:7-9 “Each man
should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make
all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all
that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: He
has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures
forever.” When we give with cheerful hearts, the Lord blesses our seed
and makes His grace abound towards us. The Lord will be faithful to do
for us the things that we can't do for ourselves.
Be encouraged to be a cheerful giver. Give from your whole heart because
you want to see others become better. When we give with pure intentions,
our seeds will be blessed beyond comprehension and they will bring forth a
harvest that we can't possibly imagine. Let your life be the vessel in
which the lives of multitudes can be impacted. See what you can do and
when you know, do all that you can to leave an impact that will never be
erased or forgotten.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to make an impact
on society that will make it better than it was before. Use your life in
the best possible way and do all that you can to leave a legacy that will
live on forever.
A LIFE MULTIPLIED
The Rev. H. Merriweather, a dedicated missionary of the Sri Lanka and
India General Mission, was sent to the United States to represent the
mission in various capacities. The head office of the mission asked him to
call upon a certain woman who supported a full-time missionary. On arrival
in the city, he made his way to her home, and was somewhat surprised by
the ordinary type of home found there. He had expected to find a wealthy
suburb with pretentious buildings. This woman supported a full-time
missionary! It was therefore to be assumed that she was a lady of means.
Had he made a mistake?
He read again the address, and carefully checked both the name of the
street and the number of the house. There had been no mistake; this was
the place. He knocked at the door, and was greeted by a motherly old lady
who beamed at him and said, “Welcome, Mr. Merriweather. I knew you were in
the district and I have been waiting for you to call. Come in.”
The missionary explained how he got her address, and even while he was
speaking to the lady his eyes were examining the room. The furniture was
spotlessly clean, and yet it could hardly be described as expensive. This
was the abode of an ordinary working woman who might be struggling against
poverty. Yet headquarters had said that she supported a full-time missionary.
Ultimately his curiosity gained the upper hand, and he asked how could she
-- a woman with meager means -- manage to give so much money to the
Mission? Mutely he indicated the mediocre furnishings of the apartment,
and his eloquent silence suggested that the task was beyond her
capabilities. The old lady was greatly amused as she said, “But, Mr.
Merriweather, I support four missionaries. I have one in India, one in
Africa, one in China, and one in South America. Yes, sir, I have four --
people all over the world preaching for me.”
The man was amazed. Hardly believing his ears, he repeated, “You have four
people preaching for you. And you support them all! -- But how on earth do
you do this?”
Her lovely old face became grave; only her eyes smiled as she told of the
faithfulness of God. She explained how she had always believed in giving
one-tenth of her income to God. Regularly she had set aside His portion,
and this had accumulated. Then God blessed her even more, for someone had
bequeathed to her a certain amount of property. The rental from this
greatly increased her income, and consequently her “Lord's Fund” became
larger. Soon she found she was able to support a missionary.
She added, “I also discovered that my own funds were increasing, and
eventually I was able to purchase more property. And so it continued, Mr.
Merriweather. Come over to the window, and I will show you my houses.”
She showed him a row of magnificent villas, and said, “What does a poor
old body like me want with such big houses? I have all I require in this
little home, and the rent from those places supports my missionaries. I
knew I would never be able to preach the Gospel overseas, so I determined
others should do it for me.”
Mr. Merriweather concluded: “Some day at the Judgment Seat of Christ,
Merriweather the missionary will stand beside this kind helper from
America, and I am quite sure her reward will far outshine mine. She knew
how to give cheerfully. And the Lord, Who loves a cheerful giver, blessed her.”
Addendum -- To serve is to love; to love is to give! When you love, you
give; when you give, you serve; when you serve making others happy, it
makes you happy too.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus says, “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying,
'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You
drink? 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and
clothe You? 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you,
inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did
it to Me.'”
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not
every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself
of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men.”
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure
John 13:12-15 “So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His
garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have
done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If
I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash
one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as
I have done to you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: REACHING OUT
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Today’s Selected Testimony: MY LIFE CHANGE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry