The Power of Giving
Have you ever been to a winery and gotten the chance to crush grapes in a barrel by stomping on them? If not a winery maybe you have made your own wine at home. Imagine filling up a bowl up with a few handful of grapes. You take your fist and mash them down until they are flat and this gives you room to add more grapes. This process can continue until the bowl is filled to the rim and the grape juice is overflowing on to the counter. Though this may sounds like you just made a mess, I am actually painting a picture of the power of giving.
Stay with me and I’ll explain.
Unfortunately, we live in a world that is concerned with what we can get from others. Some will lie, manipulate, cheat and steal in order to satisfy their own agenda. “What’s in it for me?” is the question asked or thought before agreeing to help others. Now don’t get me wrong, I too love to receive things, and there is nothing wrong with it if you do as well. But for all that you receive, how much do you give in return? Do you give of your time, talents and resources or do you just take of others? I’m sure you have made goals this year to make more money, save money or to get your money right, but was giving more money on the list as well?
“Why would I give more of the very thing I need?”
Giving money when you need more of it is an act of trusting God to be your resource and replenish what was given. The Bible says that whatever it is you treasure, is what has your heart. It also encourages giving because you want to give and not giving because you feel pressured to do so. We all know how that feels. We ask a favor of some sort and the other person reluctance to help is all in their body language. Do we still want their help? No. Even though the need is still there, no one wants help from people who have an attitude about it.
God feels the same way.
When we give from a genuine place, God promises to give back to us what we gave. Not only that, but His giving is like the bowl of grapes. He will press down the blessing and make more room to continue to add blessings until you no longer have the capacity to hold it. Blessings start to overflow and spill over. Naturally, we have the tendency to want to keep the overflow for ourselves, but I encourage you to take the extra blessing and bless someone else. When you learn the power of giving, you know that what you sow is going to come back to you. Therefore we all receive a blessing.
So as I have dedicated the month of January to be focused on our finances, I challenge you to make giving a part of your financial goals for this year. If you are wanting to see an increase in your finances, start by increasing your giving. If you have been giving $2 in offerings at church, stretch yourself and give $5. May be there is a charity your job has partnered up with to raise funds. Instead of refusing to participate, if it is a worthy cause, give. Every now and then, when your in the drive thru line at the fast food restaurant paying for your order, pay for the person’s meal that is behind you. If you know of a family that is hard on their luck, donate some clothes, cook a meal, or just place a few dollars in their hand to let them know that they are not in the world alone.
If you ever get to questioning whether or not you should give, know this one thing: Satan will not prompt you to give anything because that goes against his principles. So if you have a desire to give, know that it is God nudging you to stretch beyond your comfort. He wants to see if you trust Him like you say you do and willing to obey. It is not too late to make it a goal to give more this year. For the measure you give, shall return back to you.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” – Luke 6:38 NLT