For God so loved the world, that He gave…
As I read my Bible I read: Ex 35: 21 All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord.
Looks a lot like: 2 Corinthians 9:7
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
God is the giver of all life! His nature is to give! As we walk with Him, we discover the joy in giving, but notice in these verse this one thing:
In each case God stirred the heart of the person to give!
God knows how to take up an offering, and who He can stir to pay His bills.
For those of us called into full-time ministry, that takes all the pressure off of people, and puts it where it rightfully belongs: on His exceedingly great and precious promises.
He cannot lie, and He cannot fail, and He is well able to stir the hearts of those He has called to support us in our vision and mandate.
Our job is to remain holy, so that their offerings will be like this verse calls them: ‘sacred offerings’ unto the Lord.
Where do I give? Who do I give to?
Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
I believe the correct answer to that question is not merely who, what and where, but according to this verse: HOW I give.
I must give in faith. Sure, mortal men receive tithes, but when I give, Jesus, the high priest of my confession, personally receives them as part of my worship, and then He acts in my life, bearing witness that He has risen from the dead: He LIVES!
So, Jesus is Lord, and He speaks whomsoever He will, where to give, who to give to there, and then looks to see HOW we give, with a good heart, a heart of thanksgiving and worship unto Him.
Put a smile on Jesus face today. Do like He does, give!
There is joy and purpose in it, and He loves to get actively involved with us in our prosperity, as we give.
‘Father, show me what to give, where, to whom, today. May I worship you in this, giving glory and testimony to the fact that Jesus LIVES, He is risen from the dead, and He reigns! Amen”