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WHY GIVE AT ALL?

 

He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honour. Psalm 112: 9

 

It should be noted that in GIVING the church still needs to be properly educated. GIVING and RIGHTEOUSNESS go hand in hand. When a Christian starts living a life of giving, God sees EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS there. For instance, giving should not be out of greed and covetousness, but rather based on "wanting" to help, which means generosity or kindness of heart. This does not mean that God does not bless when you give; he blesses and that cannot be challenged, but the intention has to be clear otherwise giving is futile.

 

Offering is expected from:

 

a. THE BELIEVERS

"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had" (Acts 4:32). If one is A BELIEVER one has to GIVE irrespective of age. If you’re a parent, you should ensure that your children (the little believers) have their little safes, where they put their tithes whenever someone gives them money. That comes after you have got them to receive Jesus and having taught them about giving to the poor. Giving has no age limit, otherwise they may not get used to it when they grow older. If they have not received teaching of this nature, chances are that they might learn “cheating God” when they become older. Therefore, giving is a sign of being a TRUE BELIEVER. Giving is also a sign of sharing according to this verse. That was part of the Doctrine of the Apostles, which we claim to follow. Do we live up to it?

 

b. THE POOR

43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on" (Mark 12:43-44). If Jesus were you and me in His thinking, He would have stopped her “in compassion.” He would have said, “No! Not you! You don’t have to! Just keep your money and buy some bread with it!” Jesus wanted us to learn a lesson that God requires His Word to be practiced by all. If He had prevented the poor woman, He would have misled her; thus aggravating her situation.

 

c. THE CHURCH LEADERS

Church leaders are also BELIEVERS themselves, so they have to give. 6 Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave willingly" (I Chronicles 29:9).

 

1.1 WHERE DOES THE OFFERING COME FROM

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give (Exodus 25:1-2). Offering comes from the heart, not from the pocket or the bank.

 

Offering must start as a wish and a covenant between the believer and God in private, even before the need for it becomes visible to the people sometimes. 12 I set out during the night with a few men. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:12). He does not speak about what Jerusalem could do for him, but he talks about what he himself could do for Jerusalem. Nobody else had asked Nehemiah to give, but it was an inborn covenant between him and his God. That’s how it should be, Ladies and Gentlemen. It must start at home in the closet and then when the time for it comes, all should be well. No murmurings can be found, if we look at it from that direction.

 

THE MACEDONIAN CHURCHES

II CORINTHIANS 8

 

2Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

The Macedonian churches were the poorest of them all but they excelled through giving. They gave more than their ability could allow. They pleaded with Paul to allow them to demonstrate this. The irony is that they pleaded with Paul, instead of Paul pleading with them. They asked for the opportunity themselves. All this amazed the men of God, Paul and Titus.

 

Another thing to note is that, to these churches God came first. 5And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will. The kingdom of God comes first then the offering follows. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33). Kingdom and Righteousness first: They did just that.

 

5Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. (II Corinthians 9:5). NOT AS OF COVETOUSNESS (i.e. MATERIALISM, GREEDINESS). Here we see GENEROSITY vs GREED. We should not do that, neither when giving nor when pleading for the offering. Let’s show love by giving.

 

Paul of Tarsus Cilicia once wrote. 12This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God (II Corinthians 9:12). The Word of God calls it a “service,” which fascinates me. A service is something continuous rather that a sporadic act. God does not consider THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN, but THOSE THAT LIVE A LIFE OF GIVING. There is a big difference there! Let us worship God by giving, particularly to the poor and to the work of God.

 

ABOUT CONTENTMENT (UKWANELISWA)

 

But godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:6

 

In conclusion let us look at contentment. It is a fact that CONTENTMENT and GODLINESS are two sides of the same coin. One cannot be separated from the other: It’s just that you don’t see both sides simultaneously. When you see CONTENTMENT it is obvious that the flip side of the coin is GODLINESS. It doesn’t matter which side you are looking at. If you notice, almost all sins come from LACK OF CONTENTMENT. So it pays to be content in all things inclusive of giving. However, our giving should be out of a content and cheerful heart: Out of generosity. In other words our focus and intention should be clear.

 

9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. I Timothy 6:9-10

 

REMEMBER TO LIVE A LIFE OF GIVING, BUT WITH UNDERSTANDING. UNDOUBTEDLY, GOD WILL BLESS YOU.

 

D. Nqwili

Saturday, July 23, 2005

To the Glory of Him whose NAME is above all names

 

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GOD CARES ABOUT YOU
Short Sermon by Pastor Melanchton Makobe

"Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you." 1 Peter 5:7 When I read this scripture it blew my mind. I just thought about how worried I was about many things in life. Things that I thought it would be difficult to bear and when I read this scripture it changed my life all together. To know that there is somebody who is prepared to have all my worries and cares. Somebody who says that he can bear all that on my behalf. Not only is he caring for me but is thinking about me. It is so awesome to know that there is someone who is thinking about me. Even in the natural if you know that there is somebody who is thinking about you then you will be excited. God is also watching everything that concerns me. I do not know child of God what is it that concerns you but I want to tell you that God is watching everything that concerns you. Whatever it is that you believe him for or whatever is tormenting you I just want to tell you that God is thinking and watching over it. When I got this revelation I stopped worrying about anything. I started to live a worry free life. Knowing that whatever concerns me God is watching over it and if he is watching over it then it means that he is taking care of it. Child of God, stop worrying and begin to live a stress free life.

 

God bless you!