In Your Bible Read This Out Loud: Proverbs 19:17
Memorise This Verse: Matthew 25:40 ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’
Afterwards Talk About This: What are the implications of God viewing a gift to one of his children, as a gift to him personally.
Something To Do Before Next Time: In prayer, ask God to show you further benefits to giving.
Written Diploma Work: Write one side on the earthly benefits of giving.
Meditate Word By Word On This Verse: Matthew 10:42
The previous section regarding money being God’s yardstick with which he judges our Christian lives should in itself give anyone enough reasons to be dedicated to giving their money into the work of God. However this section will seek to list even more reasons and benefits to giving such that if you are not already a giver your heart will be won over to want to give to God and the extension of his Kingdom. In the area of giving you are either faithfully giving on all your income all the time or you are not the bible has nothing to do with part-time givers. Consequently as you read the reasons and benefits to be a giver let God speak to your heart to see if you are being obedient in your giving, or if you need to commit to be a systematic, diligent, full-time giver.
The biggest benefit to giving is that as we give, we start to activate the laws that will release the many forms of God’s blessing, such that we will be in an even better position to give in the future. For example, you could take a single apple seed and plant it and produce an apple tree with 8 apples on – each apple would have 5 seeds so from planting the initial seed you will produce 40 more seeds. These 40 seeds could then also be planted and they too could produce trees with 5 apples with 4 seeds in them giving a total of 800 more seeds. These 800 seeds could then be planted and they too could produce trees with 5 apples with 4 seeds in them giving a total of 16,000 more seeds to plant.
The eternal laws of sowing and reaping are there for our benefit and to release the many different blessings of God in our lives by giving we expose ourselves to allow the law of sowing and reaping to work in our benefit. Through giving we sow seeds that will eventually come back to us in a wave of many forms of blessings, our giving is an investment in our financial futures and as we are diligent, consistent, righteous and faithful we have every right to confidently look for the blessing of God in our lives. If a farmer never sowed seed he would not get a harvest as in the natural realm there are no surprise harvests in the spiritual realm we also will not get a harvest unless we sow financial seeds into the work of God.
A further reason to be a giver is that giving our money is a method by which God can see who is mature and capable of being entrusted with leadership anointings and giftings it would appear that giving is the gateway to maturity and leadership in the Christian life. In Luke 16:1-13 Jesus tells a parable about money and at the end of the parable in verse 11 he says, ‘So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?’. Consequently, unless we have shown leadership, stewardship and diligence with all our financial dealings we disqualify ourselves from entering into our full potential, our true anointing and our ultimate destiny in the Kingdom of God.
This is a solemn fact that if it was applied to many Pastors, Elders, Evangelists and Worship Leaders it would expose them as being spiritually unfit for the positions they hold in the church. Fortunately, many churches do not allow people into membership (let alone leadership) unless they commit to be tithers and this is a very good rule for any Pastor to implement in a church. Perhaps God has given you have dreams of knowing your true potential in God and fulfilling the destiny he has for you in order to do so you must enter through the gateway to your destiny and this gateway is your financial dealings. Unless your finances and your giving is right before God you cannot be released into your ultimate destiny by being givers we progress to maturity, anointing and leadership in the Kingdom of God.
One major reason to give is that the bible reveals that as we give to the work of the Kingdom and in particular the people of God, it seems that God takes it as a personal favour such that whatever we do for his children, we do it also unto the Lord. For example if you have children and some one went out of their way to help them, you would esteem and thank them for it – and do you think our heavenly Father is any different! Just look at these scriptures below whenever we give, God considers it an act of love and kindness not only to the person who receives, but also towards him as well.
We can’t give our money to God personally, but when we give our money in his name to those around us in order to draw them into the Kingdom of God, it would appear to be as good as giving to God himself.
Proverbs 19:17 ‘He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done’
Matthew 25:40 ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’
Matthew 10:40 ‘He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me’
Hebrews 6:10 ‘God is not unjust he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them’
Hebrews 13:16 ‘And do not forget to do good and to share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased’
One of the most exciting reasons to give is that we can experience in a very real and sometimes dramatic way the intervention of God in our lives. The bible says in Deuteronomy 6:16 that we should not put God to the test, however, the one exception to this is found in Malachi 3:10 where the Lord himself dares his people to test his faithfulness by being tithers and seeing if he doesn’t shower them with blessing.
Perhaps you have never stepped out in faith and received wonderful answers to prayer? why not put the God of abundance to the test and prepare for a surprise!. When you see God intervene in your life and the blessings start to flow towards you, it makes God so big and so real and it will strengthen your faith and you can rest and be at peace in the knowledge of his goodness.
Furthermore, 2 Peter 1:3 shows that God intends us to share in his divine nature and to increasingly reveal the nature of Christ in our lives would any of us dare to say that God is a selfish and tight-fisted person – surely not! For God so loved the world that he GAVE! Jesus so love us that he gave himself for us the divine nature is a giving, unselfish nature – through generous giving we conform ourselves to the nature of Jesus. Perhaps it is fitting to conclude with the words of Jesus whatever he said we should believe and put into practice in the sure knowledge that he knows what is best for us. Acts 20:35 says, ‘It is more blessed to give than receive’ if for no other reason, we should be givers because Jesus said that we should and we will be blessed if we do so. We can therefore see that Jesus confirms that life will be much, much better for the giving Christian, rather than the non-giving Christian.
A House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations
Pray for Ecuador
12,646,068 people, declining Catholic majority
Tremendous church growth but infighting by Catholics and Protestants.
This study contains the personal beliefs and practices of of the author who recommends them to the reader. The author takes no credit for their success where applied and likewise takes no responsibility for any failure or disappointment.
The House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations at the end of each section is based on Operation World 21st Century Edition © Patrick Johnstone, Jason Mandryk. Published by Paternoster. All scriptures are NIV © Hodder & Stoughton.