Introduction: Good morning/afternoon, dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Today, let us reflect upon a topic that resonates deeply with the essence of our faith – the blessings of giving. In a world that often emphasizes self-centeredness, we are called to remember the words of Jesus and the teachings of the Bible regarding the incredible rewards that come from a heart of generosity.
1. The Principle of Sowing and Reaping: Our faith is built upon the truth that God is a generous giver. As His children, we are called to emulate this nature in our own lives. Galatians 6:7-9 (NIV) reminds us, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows… Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” This principle of sowing and reaping highlights that our actions have consequences, and when we sow seeds of kindness and generosity, we will reap a bountiful harvest of blessings.
2. Cheerful Giving: In 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIV), the apostle Paul encourages us with these words: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” This passage underscores the importance of our attitude when giving. God delights in cheerful givers, those who give willingly and joyfully, knowing that God’s blessings are boundless.
3. The Widow’s Offering: Mark 12:41-44 (NIV) presents us with the touching account of the widow’s offering: “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins… ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.’” The widow’s offering exemplifies that it’s not about the amount we give, but the heart behind it. God values the sacrificial spirit and intent of our giving.
4. Investing in Eternal Treasures: Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) reminds us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Our giving is not just about supporting earthly needs, but about investing in eternal treasures. When we give with a heavenly perspective, we align our hearts with God’s kingdom.
Conclusion: Dear brothers and sisters, as we reflect upon these teachings from the Bible, let us remember that giving is not solely a financial act, but a spiritual discipline that molds our hearts to be more like Christ’s. Let us cultivate a spirit of generosity, knowing that when we give from a willing and cheerful heart, we open the floodgates of God’s blessings in our lives. As we sow seeds of kindness, may we reap an abundant harvest of God’s grace, provision, and joy. Let us continue to give generously, for in doing so, we participate in God’s redemptive work and store up treasures in heaven.
Whatever you have been doing for our orphans has not gone in vain. A rich reward from God awaits you.