86 GivingPosted: January 30, 2014
Secret number 18 to finding humility is Giving.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
Freely you have received. Freely give. Matthew 10:88
Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 19:19
Jesus commanded us to love. Giving is one way to love. We know this, yet we resist giving. How many organizations ask us for money? Lots, and not just at Christmas. We get letters all year long for money. We see appeals for charities on TV, in magazines and in news-papers. We sometimes feel barraged. I add to this with my own appeal.
We give, and yet how much giving is enough? Jesus said “[I]f anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42) Any size gift matters in God’s Kingdom. Yet, our question remains, how much do we give?
We need to hear from our Master what He would have us give. Our flesh wants nothing to do with giving. The world and the enemy foster selfishness and self-protection. We tend to want to keep what we have, perhaps giving small tokens as long as that does not mean any personal sacrifice on our part. Our Master calls us to sacrifice. “Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:13-14)
We do not like to hear “sacrifice”. Humility enters and compels us to think of others above ourselves. We need to lay aside our desires, plans and agendas in order to give sacrificially.
God does not call us to give what we do not have. He does, however, call us to lay aside some of our own needs and desires in order to care for others. What do you feel called by God to give to someone or some organization?
Keep in mind, when we give, we have this promise from God:
My God will meet your every need out of His riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
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