Recently, I was studying the book of 2 Corinthians specifically chapters 8 & 9. These two chapters are centred on giving, and I felt compelled to write/talk about giving.
Reading the chapters, Paul really emphasized so much on giving and collection for the church that one would be tempted to say New Testaments Pastors who preach about giving are learners.
I just imagine if Apostle Paul were a preacher in our current world, I am very sure he would have been heavily criticized especially with the likes of Daddy Freeze.
First off, what is giving? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to give is to cause or allow (something valued or needed) to go to another person, group etc.
I picked this definition because of the keyword, Something Valued or needed, that means giving is nothing until you have given what means something to you.
I feel very compelled to talk about giving because I have realised that a lot of Christians are very averse to giving and I don’t know why.
Muslims are more open to giving than Christians; maybe that’s why most of them are very wealthy.
One would think that a religion that is founded on love like Christianity would have its believer’s as dangerous givers but unfortunately the opposite is the case.
We have to be cajoled, manipulated, and sometimes even threatened just so we can give.
That’s why persons who do not know what they’re talking about are telling us it is wrong to pay tithe or give in church, and we agree with them because at the core of us, we don’t even want to give in the first place, because we believe that when we give, what we have reduces.
From my study and personal experience, giving is to our own advantage. I remember when I was serving, the company I was working with owed me a huge amount of money and I was told they weren’t going to pay. Around that same time, I had being owing God months of unpaid tithes. I kept making excuses why I couldn’t pay my tithe; but somehow I became convicted and I accumulated all the owed tithes and paid it at once. When I did that, I truly wasn’t expecting anything.
The very same week I paid that tithe, the company paid me the backlog of the money they owed. Truth is I had even forgotten about the money, so it came as a shock. The head office just sent me a check for the amount and my colleagues were all surprised, but I later remembered what I had done earlier in the week.
And let’s not forget that after King Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings to the Lord, it moved the Lord that he had to ask him what he wanted. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” 1 Kings 3:4-5
As giving is to our advantage, it is also NEVER EVER convenient. The truth is no matter how rich one is, there’s always something to do with money. There will never be a time when it is convenient.
No matter how little you have, if you cannot give from that little, you will never be able to give from plenty.
If you have One thousand naira, and you are unable to give a tithe of hundred naira, there won’t be any difference when you have Ten thousand naira, because to you the One Thousand that you would pay as tithe looks so big that there’s a lot you can do with it, so you’ll still find it difficult to pay.
While we can argue that to give selflessly is a grace and that not everyone has been given that grace, I beg to differ. It’s a grace that is available for us all and one we should pray and strive for. 2 Corinthians 9:8
If you want to be prosperous, you must be a giver. That’s a fact not just something preachers say. The bible says he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully. In the measure of what you give, it will be given back to you. That’s a universal principle that works for everyone regardless of who the person is.
Does this explain why the richest men in the world are the biggest givers?
A woman of God I respect so much once said, it’s difficult for God to bless Christians because once they have money, they find it difficult to give it back to him.
Please don’t misunderstand me, giving is not limited to the church, every act of giving you do from a heart of love is to God.
Don’t give out of necessity, don’t give out of compulsion, don’t give because you feel you have to. In the church for example, when the Pastor is calling for a seed, someone stands up because he/she is thinking, if I don’t stand now, people will look at me one type of way.
No, give out of love and give it cheerfully, or please just keep your money. Don’t give because you want to receive the praise of men, if giving is not done out of a place of love, you are just wasting your time. And it would profit you nothing.
But I want you to know this, as a Christian, you must be a giver. If you call yourself a Christian and you are not a giver, your Christianity is questionable. The fruit of your righteousness is in your act of giving – in love. 2 Corinthians 9:10.
We’ve made a lot of excuses for being stingy; top of the list is we’re afraid that once we give, what we have is reduced. So the best way to preserve your money for longer is by not giving. To man, this is common sense.
But unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Proverbs 11:24 says, There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.
We are blessed so we can bless others. We are blessed to be a channel of blessing to someone else. If you refuse to release what God put in your hand, the chain of blessing will not flow to you anymore. You will be bypassed.
On a final word, you may be a giver but you may not be seeing the results you expected, don’t give up. Don’t stop your good deeds, in due season you will be rewarded. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.
May God help us to live as He would want us. Thank you for reading.
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