This past weekend the 3rd annual Not So Silent Night concert happened here in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it was a great show for a great cause. There may have been a lot of snow and ice but despite all of that there were a grand total of 330 toys donated to benefit the CASA Christmas party (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). So with this event in mind I want to devote this week’s show to talking about giving.
35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
It is more blessed to give than to receive, think about that for a moment. Sure its always nice to receive things, but when you give to someone in need, it is enough reward in knowing you were able to give. Think how much you give compared to how much you receive.
2 Corinthians 9:7
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
This is an important thing that so many people are missing today. We shouldn’t be giving out of a sense of duty, or simply because we feel like we have to fit in. When we give whether to God or to the needy it should be because we genuinely want to give, because as this scripture says “God loves a cheerful giver.” We should be happy to give, not grudging.
6 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
There are people out there who give with the sole purpose of getting attention or lifting themselves up so others can see. Some healthy competition is fine to promote giving but don’t let that be your sole driving force in your giving. Don’t let yourself be caught in the mentality “Oh, I don’t care about the kids, I just want to be the top contributor!”
Sure, regardless of your attitudes and intentions your giving is still a benefit, but keeping this attitude does not provide any benefit to you spiritually. Giving should be a selfless act, not an act of selfishness.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
This is pretty simple, you are walking through a snowy street and see a poor, freezing man. As you walk by you simply say “God bless you, stay warm”, that will unfortunately do very little to protect him from the cold, instead consider giving him something to stay warm.
Do you give for the right reasons?