Proverbs 11:25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
I was at my dentist office getting my teeth cleaned and the hygienist was very excited about something going on in their office. It was not that they were getting new equipment, or more benefits, or the latest dentistry gadgets. It also was not some office party or more perks. What she was so excited about was an opportunity to give of her time to volunteer for a day where this dentist provides free dental care for adults in our community! She was so excited and thrilled to use her talents and time to bless others and she was experiencing the giddy joy of giving. This is what can happen when we give.
This joy and sense of being part of something meaningful happens when we give. We have seen it as a nation as many have given to victims of hurricane Harvey and Irma. One spot on the news highlighted people from the city of Malibu, California sending truck loads of given items to those in need in Texas. The report focused on the great joy it was to help out and on the great blessing of those who will receive. When we give, so much happens! When we help those in need, they are encouraged not only with help for their physical needs, but refreshed knowing they are not alone in their plight.
The Bible encourages us to give.
Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Proverbs 22:9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
Proverbs 28:27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
What is given to us as a result of our generosity may not come back monetarily or in the form of some material want we have longed for, but something far more valuable. When we give we connect as a community, with individuals in need and with others who are also giving. Giving opens doors and creates an inclusive community. Giving brings on those joyful feelings of being a help and that the actions of giving do make a difference to those who receive. Giving also pushes back selfishness, greed, want, and materialism. Now sure, we can give out of pride and to be noticed, and that kind of giving only fuels the heart in which it was given.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Matthew 6:3-4 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Giving is at the very heart of God, who gave His Son not only to show us a generous way to live, but gave of His life to deal with humanity’s sin problem.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.
1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins.
Giving is fun! Giving is a joy beyond measure. Giving fills the heart and puts a smile on your face. Giving is a great antidote for bitterness and loneliness. If you are a giver, you know this to be true. Why not give giving a try! Something amazing happens when we give.
Now yes, church is a great place to give, but mostly to learn about our giving God. If you don’t already have a church you attend regularly, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. It would a joy to connect with you!
Looking for ways to give more along with you,