Growing by giving

As a Christian, it seems easy to ask for and expect blessings from God. The four steps I will present today share tenants that allow for more blessings. Blessings will almost certainly be even more profound when we practice giving. 

Hearing the Word of God:  Paul writes in Romans 10:17 NIV, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” As a parent, leader, or mentor to others, we must read and hear the Word of God to and by ourselves. Teaching the scripture to others requires a comprehensive understanding to be able to apply the message to others. 

Jesus the Teacher:  Jesus was placed on earth for one purpose; to die on the cross for the sins of all. He took our place, so that we would have the opportunity to bypass sin to eternal life through a relationship with the Savior. His 33 years for this singular purpose was the projection of this prophesy; completed by teaching. Proverbs 22:6 NIV says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” 

Time:  In Matthew 18:3 NIV we find the disciple quoting Jesus, “And he said:  Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Whether you are thirty or ninety, we were all children. We are also all called to evangelism, which requires giving our time to others. Time is consistent. The number of seconds, minutes and hours in a day doesn’t change. It is how we make time for what is important that counts. 

Tithing:  It would be hard for me to say, as it is with myself, that I have never met a Christian who has struggled with tithing. We are called to give back the “first fruits” of our harvest to God. Look to Malachi 3:10 NIV. What I can confidently say, is that when I am diligent in giving, there is far greater what I receive in return. It is not always monetary, and when it is not, I have found it to be a reward of far greater value. 

I have clear, fond, strong and vivid memories of my first mission trip to Sucre, Bolivia. Our team laid 22,000 blocks to finish the 3rd floor of a seminary building under construction. The following year, the 4th floor and roof trusses. We heard the Word of God and answered the call to give of our time and resources to the Bolivian people. They taught us more about ourselves in the form of serving God. It was through the resources of others in the form of sponsorship that allowed us to go. Hearing, Teaching, Time and Giving. 

Blessings deep and wide will come by giving. Be ready for the call, and fulfill the mission to which you are called by giving.