Friday, October 08, 2010
It is more blessed to give than receive. With the holidays quickly approaching we really see this come into play. We can hardly wait to see the reaction of the one whose gift we put in the most thought. When I cook, I see this also as a form of giving. I give my time and effort to create something that delights all the senses. It is not fun just cooking for myself and I will more often cook from a can when I am the only one involved. Giving brings the giver so much more joy than the receiver.
Like it or not, this is a spiritual law of sorts. Give and you cannot help but receive. Some, in christian circles, have given with the mindset of receiving. Is this not out of whack? I think we all know that it is. It becomes purely selfish and that, my friend is not one of the fruits of the Spirit. At the same time, if we have a need perhaps we need to look into giving more. this baffles the carnal mind. God does bless a cheerful giver whose heart is right. You absolutely cannot out give God. The Bible says to give and it shall be given back to you, pressed down shaken, together and overflowing. The Bible also says that if we do not tithe our finances are held hostage so to speak. We must give to God His ten per cent. That's ten cents out of every dollar. Ten cents, not very much. When we do He will open up the storehouses of heaven.
Recently I had given an extra gift to a missionary friend of mine who is in Africa, a place that my heart cries out for. I cannot go there, but in a small way through him I do. I did not do it with the mindset of receiving anything back. I just wanted to bless him as I know he struggles financially to do what his heart beats for. All of a sudden, I have more hours of overtime than I have had in the last six months. That's time and a half for a few hours work. It adds up to a lot. I have already more than made back what I had given in less than a month's time. I am humbled.
A pastor friend of mine said years ago that you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. I have never forgotten that. God so loved that He gave... Love compels us to give for the sheer joy of giving. Let love so consume our hearts today that we look for an excuse to bless those we love.