Everything we have is a gift from God – everything. Our finances, our talent, our intellect, our wisdom, our time, and everything else we have at our disposal is a gift from God. We all have some measure of wealth that we’ve accumulated. If we are limited in our financial wealth, we likely have intellectual wealth, our possibly a wealth of time or talent. The Bible tells us that we are to use our wealth to honor God. When we do this, we will be blessed by God with even more wealth.
“Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
It’s impossible for us to give more than God has given to us, because He never stops giving; and we should be dedicated to the task of giving as well. We need to give what we can financially. We need to give of our talents when and wherever we can. We need to give of our intellect in a way that benefits others. We need to give generously of our time serving God by serving others. Everything we give brings honor to God and is therefore a gift to God. Of course, God doesn’t need our gifts but He delights in our gift-giving and rewards our sincere sacrifice with more of that which we have gifted.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38
Our gift-giving takes on a significant amount of weight in the eyes of God when it is directed toward the cause of Christ. When we give to our local church, to Christian missionaries, or to any other endeavor dedicated toward expanding the kingdom of God, we can be certain to be blessed as long as our motives are pure. This is not limited to financial gifts, but also applies to those who frequently give of their time and talents to help build and establish God’s kingdom.
“Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time, and in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30
Giving to God is the process of taking what he has given to us and sharing it with others. In so doing, we give God honor, worship, and praise. God intentionally made us all different, and has supplied each of us with different forms of wealth. We are all part of God’s complex mechanism designed to work together for His glory. Our sacrificial giving on God’s behalf is a practical form of worship. Worship without sacrifice is empty. Praise God for all that you have. Praise God for the opportunity to give. Praise God for placing you in exactly the right place to share in the work of the Lord.
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