Every believer in Christ is born into a generous family! Our Father is a generous God. If any believer is stingy, he or she is not living in tandem with his or her family DNA. Stinginess which is a product of selfishness is a display of carnality. To be spiritual is to be generous. God who is Spirit gives generously.
“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of God (Who gives) to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him” (Jam. 1:5) AMP.
You see, whenever you consider your personal needs, you will never give. Not having enough qualifies you more to be a giver.
“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap” (Ecc. 11:4).
There will always be needs in our lives. Man’s needs are numerous and enormous. If you are waiting for all your problems to be solved you will not give. Maturity is when you see all the needs in your life staring you in the face and you still give over and above. We have an example in the widow Jesus saw at the treasury of the temple who gave her all. Often you hear people talk about giving their “widow’s mite” meanwhile they still have so much leftover in their bank accounts or in their purse, but they fail to recognize that the woman gave everything she had.
“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living” (Mk 12:41-44).
Can you imagine this? A widow gave all her savings. Who else needed more support than a widow. I thought she was the one that others should help. But that wasn’t the case, she chose to give her all. This points to where her heart was, because where your heart is there your treasure will be also.
She wasn’t the only widow that gave her all in the bible. In Elijah days, there was a widow of Zarephath who gave her last meal to Elijah during a major famine in Israel. God had told Prophet Elijah that He had commanded a widow to sustain him. But when he got there, it didn’t look like the woman had been instructed because she put up a fight when Elijah asked her to go prepare a meal for him (I King 17:9-24)
You see, those who are holding the money for the support of the gospel don’t usually look like they are the ones initially. They usually look needy! They have serious needs in their lives. It takes submission to the authority of God’s Word to look beyond one’s needs and give. If Elijah was emotional or sentimental, he wouldn’t have told that widow to give him the last food she had. We are not called to be emotional, we are called to be spiritual and scriptural!
This is what informed the statement I often make “There is nobody who does not have something to give” It is usually out of nothing that we give something! That widow on the long run gave her last meal to the Prophet and that was the end to her lack till the famine ended. What she would have eaten and died, she gave and lived! Her son fell ill and died while Elijah was with them, he was miraculous raised back to life.
Giving starts a chain reaction of miraculous supplies in our lives.
There was another church that gave out of their deep poverty! The Macedonian church.
“Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their DEEP POVERTY abounded unto the RICHES OF THEIR LIBERALITY For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God” (2 Cor. 8:1-5).
One would say; “Pastor, you don’t know my condition…”, .
There is no condition as bad as the condition this church was in. They were in deep poverty! Yet it led to the riches of their liberality ( generosity). They were literally begging the Apostle and his team to receive what they had. They didn’t want to be pitied and they were not giving out of pity.
Giving must be done not from a point of view of pity but from the viewpoint of duty.
It is my duty to give to the cause of the gospel. It is your duty to give to the cause of the gospel. God uses those who have been blessed by a ministry to support that ministry. Have you been well taught since you started attending your Local church? Have you been cared for by the pastor? Have you been supported one way or another in your times of needs? Have your fears about the future been allayed by the continued encouragement and counselling from the leadership? THEN YOU HAVE A DUTY TO SUPPORT THE WORK FINANCIALLY SO IT CAN REACH OTHERS LIKE YOU!
How about the book of Acts, people sold their landed properties to support those who were in need. By so doing, the preaching of the gospel was also supported (Acts 2:44-47; 4:33-37). Properties were sold! That sounds outrageous! You mean I can sell my personal effect to support the cause of the gospel?, Do you mean I can sell my jewelries to support the gospel? Pastor, do you mean I can sell my car, my land to support the gospel? Yes, if the gospel means that much to you!
You can’t afford to be lazy if the Gospel means so much to you ( Eph. 4:28). If you have to do menial or odd jobs to both help yourself and support the gospel, please go ahead! Stop pushing your support into the future! If you are not doing something to support the cause of the gospel presently, there is every likelihood you might not do it in the future.
WHAT DO WE GIVE TOWARDS?
We give towards every projects targeted at the furtherance of the gospel of Christ
Christ Revealing Church, has projects to embark on that need both physical commitment and your sacrificial giving e.g.
1. Planting of Christ Revealing Church Centers in other Locations. This will cost some good morning to rent a place and purchase the equipment
2. Epignosis Radio Ministry : a daily radio ministry( week days).
3. Epignosis magazine distribution
4. Bible Faith Seminar : We intend to take this to other cities in Nigeria and the world at large
5. Outreaches to Schools i.e. Secondary and Tertiary education institutions
6. Support of missionaries in the interiors with our teaching materials and finances.
7. Our regular weekly meetings.
Do you agree with me that these are laudable and achievable projects? Our hearts are where people are! We have a mandate from heaven to do whatever it takes to take this gospel to where people are. Will you support it? Will you give sacrificially to it? Are you living for yourself or you are living for the sake of the gospel? The ball is in your court now that you have been enlightened.
To be continued…