May 7, 2014, 11:47 AM
and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and
running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it
will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)
In God’s kingdom everything works according to set principles that God has put in place. These principles help us to understand Him better. Originating from God, they work perfectly well for all those who apply them in their daily lives. God’s principles are not modelled on those that govern the world. The world operates on its own principles---most of them contrary to what governs God’s kingdom. One such principle that comes to mind is this; God says: ‘Believing is seeing,’ the world says: ‘Seeing is believing.’ Trustworthiness constitutes a major problem in the world, particularly in business. You do not have to be just convincing, you would also have to show evidence or tangible proof to win your partner’s confidence.
Another of God’s principles touches on giving and getting. In the world, it is considered a loss when you give, you do not gain. As a result many cling to their wealth and go through a world of woes amassing it, more so to keep and secure it. This world is going to pass away and there is no point trying to amass that many material things that will perish anyway with time. When we give, we automatically receive, because God blesses it. We were blessed to be a blessing and one way to do so is to give. (Genesis 12:2)
God has directed that a tenth of our income in cash or kind be given to Him as a tithe offering. Jacob at Bethel on his way to Haran gave an undertaking that if God would bless him, he would give a tenth back. “... and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” (Genesis 28:22) The laws prescribed “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” (Leviticus 27:30)
He fills our baskets
What kind of a giver are you? Do you give generously without counting the cost or do you give reluctantly? God loves a cheerful giver, someone who gives from the heart; someone who does not grumble or tight-fisted either. God loves someone who gives discreetly without publicity also. He loves someone who gives out of the sheer love of giving, not even with expectation. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
God accuses us of robbing Him. “But you ask how do we rob you? In tithes and offering......Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pest from devouring your crops, and the vines in your field will not cast their fruit.” (Malachi 3:8-11)
The Bible recounts that once father Abraham received three visitors as he was ‘sitting at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.’ He quickly received them and extended them hospitality by offering them food and drink. He and Sarah really gave them a treat. As they were about to leave, they asked for Sarah his wife and the Lord said to father Abraham. “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” (Genesis 18:10) Our giving can provoke blessings we least expect. Father Abraham and Sarah were childless, but God blessed them there and then because of their giving. The Lord met them at their point of need.
It was after king Solomon offered in one day, a thousand burnt offerings at God’s altar that God appeared to him that same night and said to him: “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (2 Chronicles 1:7) He asked for wisdom to govern the great people of God. God gave him much more than he asked for. “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honour, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12) God blessed king Solomon like He has done nobody else.
The widow’s mite
Jesus was in the temple when a widow emptied her purse of all she had by making an offering to God. He remarked to His disciples; “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:3-4) Sacrificial giving!
Our giving is not measured necessarily by how much we give but by how we give. When we give to God freely, He blesses us and replenishes us. Like a seed, He waters and multiplies the gift. Indeed, He prospers it. We become poorer in God’s eyes when we hold tight to our wealth; because that was not what God intended when He blessed us. Give to get, God’s principles never fail: the more you give the more you get.
The bottom line is that God is not cheap; the manner in which you give to Him that is the way He would give back to you. This was confirmed by our Lord Jesus in the opening scripture. Do not expect much for less, it is not like gambling. He will bless both the obedient person and the one who gives from the heart beyond their expectations.