16051. GIVING IS A SEED OF LIVING
EVERY END-OF-YEAR IS A SEASON OF GIVING. I DON’T MISS IT, NO MATTER HOW BUSY I AM, I DRAW UP A LIST OF LESS-PRIVILEGED PEOPLE AROUND ME, INCLUDING THOSE WHOM I DON’T KNOW THEIR NAMES, I MARK WITH THEIR LOCATION, AND MAKE SURE I REACHED OUT TO THEM WITH GIFTS.
THE REASON WHY I DO THIS IS BECAUSE GIVING IS A RECIPROCAL COVENANT (GENESIS 8:22) – “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
THERE ARE PEOPLE YOU HELP THAT CAN NEVER REPAY YOU, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE LAW OF RECIPROCITY HAS FAILED. IT ONLY MEANS GOD IS THE ONE THAT ORGANIZES THE RECIPROCAL HARVESTS OF YOUR TRUE LOVE.
TRUE GIFTS ARE PRODUCTS OF TRUE LOVE❤. YOU CAN GIVE WITHOUT LOVING, BUT YOU CAN’T LOVE WITHOUT GIVING.
ONLY GOD BRINGS THE HARVESTS OF THE SEED SOWN INTO THE LIVES OF THOSE LESS-PRIVILEGED PEOPLE.
LISTEN TO ME, I DON’T LIMIT MYSELF TO GIVING MATERIAL GIFTS. THOSE THAT ARE TOO FAR AWAY OR WHOM I DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE NOW, I WRAP THEM UP WITH THE GIFT OF SACRIFICIAL INTERCESSIONS, PRAYING INTENSELY WITH PASSION AND COMPASSION FOR THEM.
GOD GAVE US THE GREATEST GIFT, HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, TO BE CRUCIFIED FOR THE SINS OF HUMANITY.
LISTEN TO ME. JESUS COULD HAVE CHEAPLY AND QUIETLY DIED IN HIS SLEEP, BUT GOD NEEDED TO MAKE A PROFOUND STATEMENT OF HIS LOVE FOR US IN OUR HORRIBLE STATE OF SINFULNESS. THERE MUST BE A SACRIFICIAL GIVING, AND JESUS WHO KNEW NO SIN IS THAT SACRIFICE! WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO REMISSION OF OUR SINS. (HEBREWS 9:22).
THE BEST WAY TO MARK THIS SEASON IS TO EMPTY YOURSELVES AS YOU REACH OUT TO THOSE AROUND YOU WHO ARE LESS PRIVILEGED THAN YOU.
DON’T GIVE TO IMPRESS PEOPLE, GIVE TO EXPRESS THE LOVE OF YOUR CHRIST FOR HUMANITY.
IF YOU TELL ME YOU HAVE NOTHING TO GIVE TO OTHERS, I WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE LYING, BECAUSE YOU CAN GIVE THE GIFT OF INTERCESSION – THAT’S TRUE LOVE ❤
GIVING IS DIVERSE. IT CAN BE COOKING SOME FOODS AND DISTRIBUTING THEM TO THE POOR. OR BUYING FOOD PACKS AND DRINKS FROM THE EATERY AND DISTRIBUTING THEM.
THE DEAD CANNOT GIVE ANYTHING EXCEPT SORROWS AND MOURNING TO ANYBODY. GET OUT OF THOSE MOURNFUL MOOD NOW. GET OUT OF SELF PITY-PARTY, ONLY THE LIVING CAN SOW THE SEED OF GIVING INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS AROUND THEM.
LISTEN TO ME THIS MORNING. I KNOW WE ALL GIVE AND RECEIVE RECIPROCAL GIFTS FROM LOVED ONES. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE POOR THAT CANNOT RECIPROCATE? ARE THEY UNLOVED?
GOD IS INTERESTED IN YOUR MOTIVES OF GIVING. IF YOU GIVE ONLY BECAUSE THE RECEIVER WOULD RECIPROCATE, THEN, YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR REWARD. WHY NOT GIVE TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT IN POSITION TO RECIPROCATE YOUR GIFTS WITH THEIRS. WHO ARE THE “HAVE-NOTS” AROUND YOU?
APART FROM GIVING MATERIAL GIFTS AND SPIRITUAL INTERCESSION, YOU CAN ALSO GO OUT OF YOUR WAY AND GIVE JESUS TO THE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN THIS SEASON. HOW DO YOU GIVE JESUS TO PEOPLE? – BY GIVING THEM THE SAVIOUR TO SAVE THEIR SOULS. THAT’S AN EVERLASTING GIFT WORTH MORE THAT THE BEST SUMPTUOUS FOOD YOU GIVE TO ANYBODY.
WILL YOU SET TIME APART DURING THIS FESTIVE SEASON TO GIVE THE GIFTS OF SALVATION, INTERCESSION AND TOKEN MATERIAL GIFTS TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU?
16502. FASTING WITHOUT GIVING (FEEDING THE HUNGRY) IS AN INCOMPLETE EXERCISE (ISAIAH 58:10)
ISAIAH 58:1-12 (NEW LIVING TRANSLATION):
1. “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people Israel of their sins!
2. Yet they act so pious! They come to the Temple every day and seem delighted to learn all about me. They act like a righteous nation that would never abandon the laws of its God. They ask me to take action on their behalf, pretending they want to be near me.
3. ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ “I will tell you why!” I respond. “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers.
4. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me.
5. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the LORD?
6. “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: FREE THOSE WHO ARE WRONGLY IMPRISONED; LIGHTEN THE BURDEN OF THOSE WHO WORK FOR YOU. LET THE OPPRESSED GO FREE, AND REMOVE THE CHAINS THAT BIND PEOPLE.
7. SHARE YOUR FOOD WITH THE HUNGRY, AND GIVE SHELTER TO THE HOMELESS. GIVE CLOTHES TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM, AND DO NOT HIDE FROM RELATIVES WHO NEED YOUR HELP.
8. “THEN your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind.
9. THEN when you call, the LORD will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
10. FEED THE HUNGRY, AND HELP THOSE IN TROUBLE. THEN YOUR LIGHT WILL SHINE out FROM THE DARKNESS, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
11. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
12. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.
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