Is your heart bound up in your treasure, wealth on this earth?
What do you think of when you hear the words “Give” or “Giving?” Does it make you cringe if someone asks you for something, especially money?
The most basic forms of giving that scripture references point us toward is: Giving to Destitute Family Members, Spiritual Ministries/Missions, and to Needy Persons.
Giving (of monetary means, time, talent, and skills) in general, is a responsibility especially for Believers who have received from God the gift of eternal life; it is part of our witness offering assistance in the name of Christ. Indeed, the Good Lord has shown humanity unmerited favor, the ultimate gift, in His sacrifice in taking our place on the cross for our debts. Surely, nothing we do could ever earn our way to heaven, God the Father through Jesus, did that willingly. His loving thoughts were about us from the foundation of the world and is the Giver of all gifts (Eph. 1:3-6 and Romans 8:29).
Sometimes we take our talents or resources for granted and don’t always see the benefit to others but those with a heart for giving always feel compelled to share and pour out their lives to others. Thus, motive matters.
There is this verse in Matthew 6:21; “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Your heart follows your treasure. If I want my heart concerned with the things of God, then I must invest in His work somehow. Generous giving loosens our grasp on our stuff and money too. Scriptures tell us that “we cannot serve both God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24) – we will love one and hate the other. Those are strong words but as we search our hearts about giving not just during the holidays, but every day of our lives in some capacity. Do you find this instruction to be a challenge in your life and what can you do to live more openhandedly? Not to be seen, or out of guilt, or coercion but humbly and joyfully because your heart and life has been changed by Christ and seeks to show God’s love and provision.
Surely, the overflow of grace upon grace given to us, we can trust the Lord to supply all of our needs (Prov. 19:17) because He is faithful.
“How is your account in heaven?” Are you storing up treasure there, so that you are rich toward God? Or are you storing up treasures here on earth?
The gift of giving is being God’s steward after-all.