The best sermon I have yet heard on giving was one that correlated it with grace. There was no mention of the requirements of the Law. The concept of the 10% tithe was not brought up. The challenge was put forth that one gives when compelled by grace. Having received God’s grace, we are now to give out of a compulsion of love and a spirit of generosity.
God’s grace brings many changes in one’s heart, including ridding it of its self-seeking nature and its earthly-focus. Even more so, when one draws closer to God, they also inevitably come to trust in Him to provide for all their needs. And why hold back when the Spirit lays it on one’s heart to give, for that same Spirit is God who provides for your needs.
I’m not preaching the prosperity Gospel, or saying that those that give won’t face tight times. And yet, God calls the church to look after the present needs of the body of Christ.
If there is $2 in your bank account and all you need to buy today is a 1L bottle of milk that costs $1.19, then God has provided.
If you have a mortgage that requires you to pay $500 by the end of the week and you know that your salary will bring in that much, then God has provided.
If you are at the end of your emotional strength and a song comes on the radio reminding you of God’s love and you are able to find a release in tears, then God has provided.
If you need a friend and find one at your door who comes with arms open for an embrace, then God has provided.
Let God look after your needs. When you grow closer to God, you will see that He has you safe within His care and from this an abundance of love will flow out of you. Give of your time, your smile, your prayers, your blessings, and your money, but most importantly give of your self, give your heart.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
Do you know the loving grace of God? Are you compelled to give, secure in the love of God and His provision?