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The Ministry of Giving
In today’s post, I talk about giving, sacrifice, your ministry, and how those things relate. I hope this post lifts you up if you’re going through a rough time, and I hope it inspires you to start a ministry if you haven’t already!
The Day I Realized the Joy of Giving
One day, close to the summer of 2013, I looked through an American Girl catalog and saw the perfect doll for my friend. She had wanted an AG doll ever since I’d showed her the first catalog I’d gotten back in 2012, so I decided to start saving right away.
In December of the same year, I gave my friend her doll. That was one of the best days of my life, and ever since then giving has been one of my main hobbies. I don’t always get to give people big gifts like an AG doll, but when I do, it’s the best thing ever to see their happy face when they open the gift I’ve given them. Acts 20:35 has proven to be true several times.
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
A Bible Lesson In Action
In February, on the Sunday before my church’s camp meeting, I heard a Sunday school lesson from Bro. Terry Kendrick (great-uncle to my all-time favorite musicians. 😉 ) talking about giving. In my Bible I wrote some inspirational sentences based on his lesson.
Look for ways to help people. Be a vessel completely emptied out for God, and He’ll never let your barrel run out.
Basically what that means is, keep giving every time the Lord lays it on your heart, and He’ll always reward you with more than you gave.
Proverbs 3:28 KJV — “Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.”
Remember the widow woman who fed Elijah in 1 Kings 17? She gave Elijah the only food that she had, and because of that God always made sure she never went hungry.
“10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. 15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”
I also got a quote from Bro. Terry Kendrick that illustrated basically the same point.
“If we want God to open His treasury, we must first open ours. And if we refuse to open ours, He’ll refuse to open His.”
The more stingy you are, the more stingy God is. So if you don’t give now, what’re you gonna do when you need help?
Luke 16:9 KJV — “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon [money] of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.”
Malachi 3:10 KJV — “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
Giving is helping people. If you don’t help other people in need, will they help you when you’re in need? Probably not.
On the subject of helping people…
“The ministry is about people. It always has been, it always will be.” –Unknown Preacher
During your ministry, whatever it is, remember that quote. Especially when the road gets rough. Because people will badmouth you and take advantage of you, but when you peel away the extra layers and look at the core, it’s always about people. No matter how people treat you, your ministry is aimed at them.
This is where the sacrifice comes in.
If you aren’t willing to make sacrifices for other people, your ministry will fail. Why? Because all of us have a spiritual altar, Saved or lost, and our altar demands sacrifice. Some sacrifice for their own personal life, and some sacrifice for their ministry. Some make costly sacrifices, some make less costly sacrifices, and some just make small purges. Us Christians should be sacrificing for our ministry, and we shouldn’t be making small purges, because those don’t really count as sacrifices.
God wants you to put in your very best. He wants you to use everything you have (not just talents) to draw people to Him. So don’t make a sacrifice that costs you nothing. That’s not sacrifice. Sacrifice hurts. Do it anyway, for Him, and not in the flesh.
Don’t Be Afraid to Give
If God lays it on your heart to give more than you think you can afford, do it anyway. Why? First of all, because He said so. Secondly, He would never tell you to do something you couldn’t do. God promises to take care of us, so just trust Him and do it.
Philippians 4:19 KJV — “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
That’s all I have for today! 😊 I hope you enjoyed, and if you did, drop me a comment, and follow me while you’re at it! I post every Thursday and Saturday.
Until next time,