Why should we give?

by Trai Davenport on January 23, 2014 · 0 comments

in Giving

To give something we must first have something.  I  believe that truth is the very reason that we, as Christians, are commanded to give, and the reason we are so compelled to give.  We have been given so much, and therefore we have so much to give.

In John 3:16 the Bible says, “that God loved us so much that He gave…”  We see what motivates the Father.  It’s the love He has for people.   He’s a giver because He loves.  He wants to do good to all mankind.  The very nature of God is in us, and we, like Jesus, want to do those things that our Father does.

Someone might say, “but I don’t have anything to give.”  Nothing to give?  God doesn’t have broke kids.  He’s given you plenty.  You just have to learn how to use what He’s given you.

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness..”  II Peter 1:3

Let me tell you a quick story to illustrate a truth to you.  This past year my grandfather passed away and I was asked to speak at his funeral.  My mind went back to my memories of him and what I could share that might give someone some insight into who he was.  One of those stories happened when I was around 10 years old.  My grandfather was pretty conservative when it came to spending money.  He grew up in depression times, and I am sure those lean times never left his memory.  One day while we were about to set down and eat, he gave me a lecture on how much food to put on my plate.  I usually just stacked it full, and whatever I didn’t eat went into the trash.  He explained to me to start off with a little, and after I ate that I could come back and always get more.  He didn’t want me unnecessarily wasting food. Knowing how he was I didn’t argue.  I just did what he said, but that conversation has never left me.

I believe as children of God we have access to every resource that we need, but God is not foolish with His resources.  I don’t send my kids to school with $100 bill for lunch when all it costs is a few bucks.  It’s not that I don’t want them to have extra.  I just know that it’s not wise to put that kind of resource into someone’s hands who doesn’t know how to use it correctly.

Remember Jesus teaching his disciples?  He said, “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Yet, we want our weekly and monthly bread, so that we can see it and know that we have a supply.  God has a supply but he gives it out as we need it.

God is not a cheapskate.  He’s lavish.  In Psalm 23 David said concerning the blessing of God, “my cup runneth over.”  He is too much.  So why then does it seem like that many Christians don’t have enough to give, or to meet their own needs?

I believe that the truth is just what my grandfather was trying to show me.  Take what you have and use it, and then come back for more.  Many people don’t feel like they can do anything for others because they see the size of people’s needs and then compare that to their own resources.  I felt like as a kid that my plate had to be full before I sat down, but Grandaddy said, “Take a little, and then come back as many times as you need to until you are full.”

My point is this:  If you won’t help someone until you have enough (what you think is enough), you probably will never help someone.  Just start where you are.  Start with a dollar.  Start with some food in your cabinet.  Start with a kind word – a smile.  Say a prayer for another person.  Give out what you have been given and keep coming back for more.  God’s supply never runs out.  Isn’t that what David said in that same Psalm?  ”You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”

Many don’t see the table that’s been prepared.  They just see what’s on their plate at the moment.  Yet God has a spiritual law that will work for anyone who will work it.  It’s called giving.  Giving releases more.

Remember what Paul said to the Phillipian church who had sent money to him?  ”I desire that fruit may abound to your account.   My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  (6:17&19)   This is what happens when we give.  He prepares a table for us, and everything we need God will supply.

There was no need for my grandmother to make supper until people were hungry.  Likewise, there is no need for God to prepare a table for you until your first have a need.  Some will say, “Well, I have a need and I don’t see a table.  I don’t see God helping me.”  What are you doing with what you have?

The Bible says in II Corinthians 9:10 that God gives seed to the sower.  It doesn’t say that He plants the seed, reaps the harvest, and feeds the sower.  It says He gives the sower seed and that He will multiply that seed which the sower sows.  He can’t multiply what you do not sow.   What the sower does with that seed is what will produce abundance or lack in relation to the sowers needs.

God is harvest minded and we should be too, because we realize that the harvest is what feeds us and others.  But remember, all harvests start with a seed.  What will you do with what God has given to you?

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.  Galatians 6:9-10

 

 

 

 

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