Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Monday, January 3, 2011
Giving something to someone in need is part and parcel of the Christian walk. I have found it releases something in me when I give to someone in need. Every time I have given, it was out of love for the One I serve and not for any other reason. I know there are times when you just don't have, but, I my be honest, I have learnt to even give out of the little I do have and in so doing being a blessing where I can. I believe that we only have to look at other religious groups to see how far behind our thinking really is when it comes to helping those who are in need. We tend to think about ourselves only and many get offended when others who are not as fortunate as they are, have the "Audacity" to ask for money or assistance.
My question is simply this, how can we stand before the Lord and lift our hands in so-called "Worship" Sunday after Sunday thinking that it pleases him when we overlooked opportunities to be a blessing to those He might even send to us.
Matt 5:42 "Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow".
Phil 2:1-4 "If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-mined, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others".
This was the words Paul spoke to the Philippians Church of the day and in our humility, we should be following the same principle. So, give with a pure heart to those who ask of you, for your heavenly Father sees what we do to the least of those around us and if we are serious about our relationship with him, then giving to someone in need, should never be an issue.
I am convinced giving in this way is part of the Christ-life we now live and is real worship in action. So put on a happy face and give cheerfully, knowing that it blesses our Lord and Savior who is a rewarder to those who diligently seek (Worship) Him.
Let us make this year a year of giving!