The overflowing act of giving

Paul writes to the church of Corinth,

So two good things will result from this ministry of giving – the needs of the believers will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.” 2Corinthians 9:12 (NIV).

In giving to believers or to needy people in general, we are seeking to meet and satisfy a need. We also do hope our generosity will make their lives a little bit better and less frustrating. Great fulfilment is derived from the fact that we have been able to make someone’s life a little bit more comfortable and more meaningful even if it is to a small degree. Such a sense of fulfilment is a blessing in itself. Most people give only out of a sense of duty, more out of necessity. There’s always something that motivates us to give to those in need, and usually it’s their need that motivates us to do so in the first place.

But beyond these, Paul takes it to another level. The outcome of our goodwill will cause the beneficiaries to be filled with gratitude, and still the voice of complaining. Thanksgiving replaces bitterness, discouragement, and frustration. Even God’s people can be tempted to be bitter and frustrated when answers to their prayers for needs are not realized. What a blessing to know that you’ve availed yourself to be used by God to provide the answer to someone’s prayer!

Their prayers of supplication and petitioning will turn into expressions of gratitude, love, and thankfulness to God. In the end, such a service glorifies God and brings Him great honor, evoking praise and adoration. God will most certainly bless those who cause such honor and glory to be ascribed to His name.

What motivates your giving to the needy? Is it necessity, self gratification, or God’s honor? Remember that any time you refuse to give to the needy, and more especially to believers, God’s honor is at stake!

Be a blessing today. Honor God more today by giving yourself first to God through Jesus Christ.

God bless you.

6 thoughts on “The overflowing act of giving

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