You will be blessed when you give. This thought process is so very opposed to the world’s view of getting and receiving and accumulating assets. Paul in this passage of scripture also speaks of the reason for giving, supporting the weak, an activity that is found to be scarce amongst us as a nation.
In the world we are taught not to give but sell what we have at a profit so that we may accumulate and increase in our assets and have a loss through giving it things away. The hoarding of assets and accumulation for self-gain has bread a chain reaction of greed for money that opens the doors to most other sins. The love of money causes us to act out the most terrible of lusts in obtaining funds to buy a loaf of bread. Nowadays people will do almost anything for money, because our society has made money their god.
The accumulation of money and wealth does not and cannot buy happiness and lasting joy. True happiness, contentment and joy can only come from GOD.
The Word of the Lord says to you that if you sow sparingly, then you will reap sparingly. Sow some seed into good soil. Give today with an open heart. Give extravagantly.
In Malachi, God told us to gather around the altar and bring our offering and to come with a highly unusual request, something you think that could never happen. Don’t come with something you’ve prayed for before or that may not be challenging. In Malachi 3:10 God says, “PROVE ME and see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it!”
I believe that God wants us to come before Him prepared with that HIGHLY UNUSUAL REQUEST joined with our offering, allowing God to PROVE HIMSELF so that He can pour out on us all blessings that we won’t be able to contain.
THIS IS MOST EXCITING!
I have made up my mind that I am giving seed and going to apply myself to worship the Lord in my giving. I am sowing my seed into good soil. I am giving my time and money to feed orphans and take care of the poor. I am going to honor the Lord with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my flesh. You can do the same.
Bring your offering to the Lord and bless His Holy Name. You will be amazed at the faithfulness of God. It is truly way better to give than to receive.