“Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6
As Christians, we are called to the life of giving. We don’t give because we expect something in return. No! It is true that when we give, we will receive more than enough as is written in the gospel of Luke.(6:38) But there is a dimension of giving that we have, being in Christ.
It comes from the understanding that freely we received, freely we give. (Matt. 10:8b) That’s the life we ought to live as Christians. It doesn’t have to be money, property or anything physical. It could be giving your time to give counselling, to evangelise or to pray for someone. There is so much we can give away as Christians and it’s left for us to be conscious of our riches in glory in Christ Jesus and just share with as many.
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
We, Christians, have so much that even the Word of God tells us not only to give within ourselves but to extend to those outside the church. As the church, we ought not to lack anything. Be it food or drink or basic finances. We are a family in Christ. What we have we ought to share with each other. This is kind of my life today and I hope that my brothers and sisters will learn to walk in this way because its how Christ expects us to live.
When I give, I may not really have as much, physically, but my hope is not what is in my pocket of what I can see. My hope is in my father in heaven. I understand that he takes care of my every need and will never leave me nor forsake me.(Heb. 13:5) Again, I also understand that he gives to us so we can share with the body of Christ and extend to those in need.
Having the Kingdom of God in mind is something we all should do more often because it will help us give even more. Our resources are not just for us alone. Give! Give! and never stop giving! You’re not being philanthropic, you’re just living the life of a Christian. Jesus gave His whole life to restore man. Asides from the feeding of the thousands of people, He gave up everything. (John 3:16)
There are three things that prevent a Christian form giving; (1John 2:16)
- Lust of the eyes
- Lust of the flesh
- Pride of life
These three are also the foundation that causes one falling into temptation. This is one reason we really need to surrender our all to Jesus. We know that Jesus died for us but when it comes to “dying” for Jesus it feels like it’s impossible. But really it’s just a matter of faith.
As we grow, as Christians, we get to points where we are tested in various areas of our lives to know how much we have grown. And God, being a loving father, knows how much we can handle. So He tests us and when we pass these tests, our faith is built.(1Pet. 1:7) One of the things we learn in the tests is trust. Trust in Jesus.
He could start with that money you’re saving for a biscuit. Or even that single pen in your pocket. you may even have two to spare one. If you’re able to let go, the following day he tests you with something else. And it gets bigger and bigger just as your faith grows.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom. 10:17
Heavenly Father, I bless you for giving up your life to save me that I may have the power to overcome sin. I thank you for the grace you have given me to be able to give all that I have for the sake of the Kingdom of God just as you did. Amen.
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