But just as you excel in everything---in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 2 Corinthians 7:7-8
Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me today. Today in the spirit of Christmas, a time of giving and receiving I want us to look together at “giving” specifically. Our topic today “to give or not to give” speaks to heart of all of us in one way or another. We all like to receive gifts and marvel at what we have received from loved ones at Christmas. It is a wonderful feeling isn’t it? It is just as wonderful to watch others opening the gifts that we have given and watch their faces light up with joy. At least that is what we hope for. Ha Ha!
Quote: The American industrialist, Henry Ford, was once asked to donate money for the construction of a new medical facility. The billionaire pledged to donate $5,000. The next day in the newspaper, the headline read, "Henry Ford contributes $50,000 to the local hospital."
The irate Ford was on the phone immediately to complain to the fund-raiser that he had been misunderstood. The fund-raiser replied that they would print a retraction in the paper the following day to read, "Henry Ford reduces his donation by $45,000." Realizing the poor publicity that would result, the industrialist agreed to the $50,000 contribution in return for the following: That above the entrance to the hospital was to be carved the biblical inscription: "I came among you and you took me in." I am sure that this is not the attitude we are to have in our giving and this is not the true meaning behind the Scripture. We should never give to save face, rather we give because we want to.
“To give or not to give”, is this really the question? NO! This may be the question for many people in our world, but it should not be for the Christian. Giving should be a natural part of our lives. We should want to give because of God’s example of giving to us. John 3:16 says it all, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.
It’s been said that when we give we are most like God. This is most assuredly the very character of God. Giving is one of the hardest things for most people to do, because we are taking away from ourselves. And self is very strong in all of us. SELF OFTEN DOMINATES AND CONTROLS. So when it comes to giving in any form, let’s try and think in terms of becoming more Christlike in our giving.
When we give of ourselves from the heart it comes back to us, our deeds of kindness, money, etc. Goodness and kindness will always come back to you! What you sow is what you will reap. God will always take care of those who give to others. I leave you with this thought—One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25
Have a Merry Merry Christmas Everyone and may our giving out match our receiving.
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