THE BLESSING OF GIVING

 
It is more blessed to give than to receive – Jesus, Himself. Jesus uses the blessings of the kingdom to introduce His sermon on His kingdom in the lives of men. We find comfort in Jesus’ words in Matt 5:3–10, the beatitudes, because they call us away from the thinking of the world and into Christ’s own thinking. This is a blessing in itself, since we have a command to make our attitude, having the same mind, the same as that of Christ Jesus (Php 2:5). 

               The commands of God to give and share (Rom 12:20; 1 Tim 6:18; Heb 13:16; James 2:14–16 et al.) are a call for us to be like Him. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten (John 3:16) that we in turn should give our lives up for our brothers (1 John 3:16). We are not able to give our lives as a ransom like Jesus did, but we can give our lives in the same manner in which He did, as a servant for the benefit of others (Matt 20:28).

               Jesus never needed to show off before men, because He never sought the rewards that men could offer Him. God’s will was what sustained and motivated Jesus in this life (John 4:32,34; 6:15; 17:4; Heb 12:2). When Jesus commands us to give and warns us to do so without seeking credit for it, He is calling us to the blessing of being poor in spirit, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, and being pure in heart.

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matt 6:1–4 NIV).

There is no substitute for the reign of Christ in our lives nor is there any substitute for our reward in heaven (Matt 6:2,4). Father, help us submit to Christ’s reign, so that we know the blessing of giving above receiving. God grow in us a Christ-like attitude toward giving that we may look to you and not to this world for our reward, Amen!

                                                                          Peace,

                                                                                        Jay Don

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