Giving - Daily Devotional
With Christmas just around the corner, we usually start to get excited about gifts that we are going to get (especially kids). But we need to put an emphasis on giving as well. God has blessed all of us and we have an opportunity to be a blessing to others when we give to others.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV
This verse is important because it should change our perspective surrounding giving. If we hold back from giving, it will cause us not to have the capacity to receive more. If we are free in our giving then we open ourselves up to receive more. We need to look at ourselves as bridges that God can use to bring provision to others. Make sure you don’t put up any road blocks in your life that stop you from giving. Because it will hinder your ability to receive as well.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV
A lot of times we hear this verse in church regarding giving an offering. I want to also extend this verse to consider giving in general. Be steadfast in your heart what you can give to others. God loves a giver who gives with a cheerful heart because they acknowledge the source of what they have is God. We need to remember this.
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. – 2 Corinthians 9:10 ESV
With all that we have its very important for us to remember that all that we have is from God. He is the one who has blessed us with it all. Its with that in mind that we need to remember that God will multiply your harvest so that you can be more of a blessing to others through your giving.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. – Proverbs 3:27 ESV
This verse is in line with the verse in Mark 12:31 where it says “Love your neighbour”. If you have something that can be a blessing to someone in their time of need, you can show your love for their well being by giving what you have that can help them.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. – Proverbs 19:17 ESV
When we help the poor, we honor both God and his creation. God accepts our help as if we had offered it directly to him. He will remember all of our good deeds.
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. – Proverbs 11:24-25
When you see yourself as a vehicle that God can work through to bless others, you will see that you will always have something to give. The reason for this is because God sees that He can trust you not to keep the blessing to yourself. God will work through people to bless others. You may also find that people who are stingy are always lacking for something. So, if He sees you as faithful, He can trust you with more to be a blessing to others.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. – Matthew 6:3-4 ESV
A lot of things that we do as Christians come down to the motive behind it. Here is a good example of that. If we give with the attitude for people to see what we have done, then we are doing it for the wrong reasons. Your motivation should be to give to be a blessing and meet a need. When you have the correct motive, God, who sees you heart and how you have given will reward you openly.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 ESV
This is a verse that most of us know the first day we become a Christian. The principle here is simple. You can show your love by what you are willing to give. If you have love for your family, you will give them what they need. If you have love for the homeless or hungry you will give to meet their need. If someone you love has a need that you have a way of filling, a way of showing your love is by giving to that need. Even if it comes at great sacrifice to you as God showed to us in His only son Jesus. Giving is fundamental and at the core of Christianity.