It is the greatest blessing to be a giver in life because the giver gets to
see the fruits of his generosity in the lives of those who received from
him. It's the joy in the receivers reaction that we who are givers receive
the greatest blessing and bring into realization the quote “givers gain.”
The Lord Jesus declares in Luke 6:30-31 “Give to everyone who asks of you.
And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as
you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” Be encouraged to
follow the Lord's command and be a giver with all of your heart not because
you are looking for a reward from people, but rather so your life will be
pleasing to the God who gives you breath. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8) (1 John 3:22-24)
I hope you are encouraged by today's message to be a blessing towards those
around you and show by example Whom you belong to.
HOOKED ON GIVING
Dr. Mar Aprem of the ancient Chaldean Orthodox Church of the East in India,
sometimes tells a funny story about when a member of the church won a
lottery worth 100,000 rupees. His wife went to the bishop and told him that
she was afraid to tell this glad news to her husband because he had a heart
problem and any sudden excitement could cause a heart attack.
The bishop offered to break the news gently to her husband. He visited the
house and asked the man, “Wouldn't it be a good thing if you won 1,000
rupees in the lottery?” The man replied that he still would have to work
to support his family.
“What about 10,000 rupees?” the bishop asked. The man still showed no
excitement, so the bishop carefully raised the amount to 50,000 and finally
to 100,000 rupees.
“If I got 100,000 rupees, I would give half of it to you, your Excellency,”
the man replied.
The bishop had a heart attack, and the man called an ambulance.
We can get excited about winning and getting. But have you learned how fun
it is to give? Engineering and machinery genius R. G. LeTourneau discovered
the joy of generosity. Besides establishing a private school, he reportedly
gave 90 percent of his income to worthwhile causes, while living on the
remaining ten percent. He became hooked on the fun of giving!
Of course, money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. Give some
time, give your expertise, give a smile or give your love. You can never
run out of something worthwhile to give.
Giving is fun. And there is no stopping those who discover it!
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap
also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also
bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
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.'”
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus declares, “You are the light of the world. A city
that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it
under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in
the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
1 John 3:22-24 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep
His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And
this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son
Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. And he that
keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know
that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry