Living in the Abundance of Christ, Making a Home

Give Generously

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

 Yesterday I shared about tidying up, cleaning and organizing. If you’ve been able to do this, then most likely you will have a lot of items to donate. If you’re going to donate items then I suggest first donating to people you know personally, and then to charities. When you give directly to someone it makes it personal to you and them, and blesses you both. This got me thinking not just about donating, but giving. Giving not only things that we’ve cleaned out or want to get rid of, but giving of our time, our resources, energies, and gifts.

We can agree that giving things away that we aren’t planning on keeping actually helps us out. What I want to work on is the type of giving that costs me something. Not just my secondhand items, or whatever I have left over in regards to time and energy, but giving time, energy, and resources that are worth more to me. I want to be able to give freely, generously.

Give: freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone); hand over to.

Generous: (of a person) showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected. 

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” Proverbs 11:24

What keeps me (or you) from giving generously? I think most of the time, for many of us, it comes from fear. Fear that I won’t have what I need or what I want. Fear that I won’t have enough, or that if I give, then I will be depleted. But Jesus says, “Freely you have received; freely give.(Matthew 10:8).

We can give freely, because Christ has freely given to us. We can give of all of our resources without fear of going without, or not having enough, because he supplies all that we need, including what we need when giving to others. He fills us up, and we pour out what he has given us, to others.  When you look at it like this, it seems like the normal function of any believer. It is one of the ways we can show love to others, by extending the love that Christ has given us.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”            2 Corinthians 9:7

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