GIVING FOR GOD’S WORK ATTRACTS BLESSINGS (Luke 6:38) – 30th June, 2019.
Let us recall a story I shared recently. The king of a certain town was passing by a blind beggar by the road side and stooped and asked the beggar if he is willing to give him some coins. The blind beggar,since he could not see didn’t know it was the king. So he started complaining and grumbling.
Then reluctantly he gave the King one copper coin and left. After sometime the beggar dipped his hand into his bowl to feel his money. As he does this he noticed among the coins one that felt different, upon careful examination he discovered that it was a silver coin. The king received one copper coin and gave the beggar a silver coin.
Come to think of it, if that beggar had given the king the whole copper coins in his bowl he would have exchange all for silver coins!
As Christians we should know that giving is an obligation, it is the will of God, and if anything is God’s will we cannot afford to play with it or take it lightly.
Luke 6:38 says, “Give, 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.”
If we live lives of giving God will ensure that we receive blessings. It is said “Givers never lack.” The Bible in Acts 20:38 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If we live to receive, God will ensure that we lack. But if we live to give God will ensure that we receive so that we can continue to give.
God will not cheat anyone, in proportion to what we gave so shall our reward be. Our text says, “Give and it will be given back to you…” this is a clear indication that all givers can expect to receive a reward from God. Who are those ready to give for God’s work in this church? I make bold without fear of contradiction to say that you will receive from God a mighty reward. See how the Bible generously describes the reward or blessing; (a) a good measure (b) pressed down (c) shaken together (d) running over (e) will be poured into your lap.
The principle of the reward is based on the way each person has given for God’s work. The Bible in
2 Corinthians 9:6-8, “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.”