GIVING To God in the bible started in the old testament. Those great men in the bible were all addicted givers, starting from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David.
Giving is a general attribute. It is what everyone can do, believers and unbelievers. Some people love this, they are so passionate about it and take it as a way of life. Many use giving is a tool of appreciation, may be to say thank you.
Some people use giving to force people to do what they want inform of bribery. You give to someone you love. If you are in love with someone and you cannot give to that person it means you are pretending to love. People use giving as a criteria to prove your love or value.
Whichever way, there is blessing in giving; you will always find joy and fulfillment whenever you give something to someone. Giving is a way of sharing what you have with others and there is joy in sharing. I always use it as my little way of contributing to the society.
What to give
There are many things to give to people. Actually we can give almost anything to people, but it should be something of benefit to them rather than what will hurt or cause harm. We can give visible things, material things like money, clothes, car, food and so on. We can also give invisible things, immaterial things like knowledge, idea, advice, counsel and more of such.
Giving with love
Giving is also an expression of love. One way to prove that I love and value you would be to give to you. Giving must be involve if at all there is love. Before you love something or someone, you must have placed value on the person or thing. The value you placed on a thing determine the price you are ready to pay for it.
Bible says; love is kind, it means where there is love, there must of necessity be kindness, and if there is no kindness, it means there is no love. This is the bible and there is no other way to prove if someone loves you, believe God.
The problem with many people is that even when God has shown them the way, they will still give reasons why they want it their own way. If someone is in a relationship with you and for 6 months, he has not bought even a pin for you, it is a serious indication that he doesn’t love you.
Love is saying it the way God says it and doing it the way God does it
God is love
Love is patient, love is kind.
For God so lone the world, that he gave. Giving is also an expression of love. You cannot so love something or someone and there is no giving out to the person or thing, and giving will prove how much love is involve.
If I love the word of God, I must give most of my time to it. I love God, I must spent most of my time with him. If I love music, I can take it as a career. God so love the world that he gave his all. Level of giving shows how much love is involve.
God is spirit, you cannot see him anywhere to give to him, but there are many ways you can give to God.
Jesus said it; that as long as you do it to any of this ones, you are doing it to me.
The bible also said that he that gives to the poor lends to the lord and the lord will pay him back. This means most of the kindness you show to people especially the poor are actually directed to God himself.
Secondly, if you love God, it is impossible that you do not give to support his work, specifically the church. Anybody who hates giving to the church, hates God himself, and that is an anti-Christ. One of the ways you easily identify antichrist is when you discover people that discourage others from giving to the church.
It is impossible that someone can be born again and hate giving to church which is the body of Christ who saved him or her, this is a natural phenomenon to give as a believer. Once you are born of God, you should have the giving spirit because you have the spirit of God in you.
If God is a giver, you must also be a giver. Like father, like son. Any believer that does not give naturally signifies something is wrong somewhere. You must resemble your father no matter what. If everything about you is different from your father, then there is a question mark about who born you.
Apart from being biblical, giving is one of the major attribute of God. God love and give even to his enemies. Jesus gave his life even to his enemies. The very people that killed him were the very people he died for to save their lives.
That means after killing Jesus, if they now repent and believe in him, they will be saved and make heaven too. Where do you think Paul was when Jesus was tried and killed. He must have joined to kill Jesus.
He was spearheading the killing of Christians after Jesus death and resurrection, so you can imagined what he was doing when Jesus was killed, but I bet you to note how many crown Paul will have in heaven. If this is how God love MAN, please tell me, HOW DOES MAN LOVE GOD? Even in giving to God.
And you as his son must meet this standard men.
It is not as if God needs support from anyone to do his work, he build heaven and earth within 6 days without any ones support, is it in providing money to accomplish his vision that he will need you? Never.
They asked Jesus tax money, he did not ask anybody for it, he got from the belly of a fish. Your giving opportunity is a privilege only for your own sake, it is so that you can have. You are not doing God any favor. There are many keeping their money back, but has it stopped any progress? No.
What people do not understand is that even Satan is God’s property, therefor God can decide to bend him to whatever shape he wants at any time. The earth and all its fullness belongs to God, including you that is rejecting him.
No one nor any devil can stop God’s work, neither do God need anyone to support him in carrying out any project. If God gives you an opportunity to give, it is so that you can benefit from his principle of seed time and harvest.
As long as the earth remains, seed time and harvest shall not ceased.
No seed time, no harvest
For God so love the world, that he gave his only begotten son…….
Jesus was referring to himself when he said; except a corn of wheat falls to the ground, it abides alone.
That means God had to give out his only begotten son as a seed to the world, so that through that one son, many sons can be harvested. Jesus died alone, but was raise with many sons raising together with him.
God is almighty, sovereign, omnipotent, alpha and omega; if he stands up and say; ‘many sons be’, there will be many sons, and no one can question him. But God chose to honor the principle of seed time and harvest just to set an example for man.
How to love God – Giving to God in The Bible
The bible says;
Love the lord your God with all your heart, with all your strength.
This simply mean you should reserve nothing when you want to love God. When you want to show God love, you should reserve nothing. Do it with all your strength, with all your heart and reserve nothing.
Shall I give to God what cost me nothing?
The bible called David a man after God’s heart. David could give God all he had. He risked his life many times to defend God’s people. He put his life at stake to kill Goliath. He spent more than half of his wealth to buy materials that was meant to build the house of God.
Most of us pretend a lot, if we love a woman, we can spend our last coin to satisfy her, many have bought gold for their girl friend. In fact, the money some people spend on women in a week, they have never put that as offering in church, so who are you deceiving, God?
If it is a woman you lust after, you can give anything, but God, you pinch.
If that love is for God, it must be more than you love yourself. You can only love your neighbor as yourself. How can you love yourself more than God? It means you are selfish and greedy.
The bible says you must love your neighbor as yourself. Meaning, whatever you give to yourself, you must give equal part to your neighbor.
In 1 Corinthians 13 (kjv)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity
The bible says though you give all your food to feed the poor but have not love. This mean you can give all that you have but not out of love, in fact, it says you can even give your body to be burnt but not out of love.
You can take for example, the suicide bombers. It shows that love is not actually the act, it is a spiritual thing. The motive must first be there before the act follows, but sometimes we see just the act.
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