A man who made his yearly visit to the church began to get worried as the offering plate began to circulate through the room. He fidgeted and fumbled and finally took a dollar bill out of his pocket.
Just before the offering plate passed by he was tapped on the shoulder by the man behind him. The man leaned forward and handed him a $20 bill.
Figuring it was the custom of the church he happily threw in the $20 bill. He turned and thanked the man for such a kind gesture.
The man behind replied, “You are so welcome, it fell out of your pocket!”
I love that story.
If you are ever tempted to hold back your giving. . .remember the promises that God gives to those who faithfully and cheerfully give.
2 Corinthians 9:7 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].”
Here are seven promises to God to bless those faithful and cheerful givers.
1. To return your gift back to you literally running over.
Luke 6:38 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:38 in the King James Version says:
“Give, and it [that which you have given] shall be given unto you…”
Notice the word “give” in this verse. It is a powerful word.
Let me paraphrase verse 38 to show just how big this word really is.
Give apples, and it (apples) will be given to you.
Give clothing, and it (clothing) will be given to you.
Give money, and it (money) will be given to you.
Now read verse 38 this way:
Give money, and it (money) will be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men pour money into your bosom. For with the same measure that you give money, it (money) will be given back to you!
We must plant some money seeds into the work of God to receive a financial harvest from God.
2. To bless you from unexpected places.
Isaiah 45:3 in the New Living Translation says:
“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.”
The Word of the Lord just came to me. . .your Heavenly Father is going to give you treasures and riches from places you’d never expect it when you give as He directs.
3. You will receive by the same measure you give.
Mark 4:8 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And other seed [of the same kind] fell into good (well-adapted) soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing, and yielded up to thirty times as much, and sixty times as much, and even a hundred times as much as had been sown.”
Remember, the measure is not how much you give, but how much you give in proportion to your income.
This scripture does not promise that if you give five dollars, you will receive five dollars in return. It says if the five dollars you gave is simply casual pocket money, you will not receive a very large return. You will receive the five dollars back, but not in a greatly multiplied measure.
However, if that five dollars is a very critical part of your remaining funds, a precious seed out of your limited remaining resources, it becomes a great measure in God’s eyes, and you will receive a great measure in return from Him. Your gift will be greatly multiplied.
When you become a giver, you automatically move yourself into the realm of a receiver. There are no exceptions to this rule … it’s a biblical principle.
However, there are levels of receiving: “. . . some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred[fold]” (Mark 4:8).
The measure we use in giving will determine the measure God will apply to us in receiving. No matter with what measure we give our gift, when we give to God, we will receive a return.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you . ..” (Luke 6:38).
Galatians 6:7 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Be not deceived [don’t be fooled]; God is not mocked [He cannot be fooled]: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Giving always results in receiving.
4. You will receive much in return.
2 Corinthians 9:11in the Amplified Bible says:
“Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:11 in the New Living Translation says:
“Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. ..”
Once again, the scripture says “YOU WILL be enriched in every way.”
The scripture doesn’t say some ways. . .a few ways. . .no, it says EVERY WAY.
Why do you and I have money? Is it to buy stuff? Is it to keep up with the Joneses? Is it to invest for our retirement? Why does God give us “the power to get wealth?”
God is the ultimate giver. He will be sure we receive in response to how we provide those good things for others.
Proverbs 17:8 says:
“A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.”
God promises that when you are a giver, your gift will increase and multiply.
5. Your gift will make a place before men.
Proverbs 18:16 says:
“A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
Many leaders in ministry mistakenly teach that the gift referred to in Proverbs 18:16 is your natural abilities and what they perceive to be ‘talent.’
That sounds nice. . .but it’s not what the Bible is saying or what the word gift means.
According to Strong’s Concordance the word gift is the Hebrew word mattan (H4976) and it means:
“gifts, offerings, presents.”
The word mattan appears in five verses according to the Hebrew Concordance of the King James Version and in each instance it’s referring to a monetary gift.
At your convenience, I recommend that you read Genesis 34:12; Numbers 18:11, Proverbs 19:6, Proverbs 21:14 and, of course, Proverbs 18:16.
It’s clear the scripture is talking about a gift of financial value. The scripture is also clear that a financial gift will bring you before important and eminent people.
First, consider the New Living Translation of Proverbs 18:16:
“Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!”
Next, let’s look at the Message Bible translation of Proverbs 18:16 which says:
“A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.”
6. Your gift will bring you friends.
Proverbs 19:6 in The Living Bible says:
“Many beg favors from a man who is generous; everyone is his friend!”
Proverbs 19:6 in the New American Standard Bible says:
“Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.”
We receive numerous requests for funds. . .because of the nature of our ministry. I remind folks that we’re not their source but our calling is to lead them to the Source so it is rare indeed when we give to individuals.
7. Your gift will help finance the gospel
2 Corinthians 9:12-13 in the New Living Translation says:
“So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.”
For us. . .the needs of believers in Jerusalem is our local church and other ministries.
When it comes to giving and to walking the walk as born-again believers. . .I find the words of Martin Luther provides great direction.
Martin Luther said:
“In every temptation, simply close your eyes and follow the Word.”
If you feel tempted to withhold your gift remember God’s promises and follow His lead.
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