“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
We hear that tidbit of Scripture often, don’t we? If you’re like most people, then as a kid, you thought that was the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard. Surely getting that new toy at Christmas was better than giving a toy to someone else! However, as we mature and learn more about what God has to say, we discover just how true that statement is. Together, let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about giving. Then hear about an opportunity to give coming up with Rescue Mission of Cape Fear.
YOU'RE GIVING TO JESUS
There’s no doubt that giving to those in need helps those who receive. When you give clothes, food items, or other necessities, you make a real difference in someone’s life. However, when you give and serve and show love like that, you’re doing it for more than just the person directly in front of you. You’re doing it for Jesus himself.
What an amazing way to thank Jesus for His goodness to you by showing love to everyone else He loves.
DON'T BE A SHOW-OFF
You’ve probably seen it in your social media newsfeed. That occasional photo of your friend showing the good things they’ve done that day. Maybe it was helping a stranger with a broken down car. Maybe delivering a meal to a new mother. Those are indeed great things! But according to God’s word, giving shouldn’t be something we brag about. Because then who are we really trying to please with our actions? Our Facebook friends or Instagram followers? Or the Lord?
So who really is the more important party to please? Clearly, it’s not the people around you who give brief comments on your character and click to like your post. It’s our heavenly Father who sees all and promises to remember your goodness and reward you for it.
REMEMBER THAT A LITTLE IS A LOT
Have you ever looked at the needs in your community and thought there’s no way you can make a difference? The need is just far too great and you personally don’t have enough resources to make even a dent in the problem. While it may be true that you can’t do much on your own, when many people come together giving what little they have, big things happen.
This woman Jesus observed didn’t have endless riches from which to give. But she knew it was important to give, and so she gave what little she could. And that giving was recognized and honored by Jesus Himself. Friend, Jesus knows what happens when we each give a little, even sacrificially so, to kingdom work. All the little gifts come together and make it possible for big things to be accomplished.
Here at your Life 90.5, we see that exact thing every day. Little gifts made by friends like you come together to put encouraging Christian music on the air in Wilmington. It’s astounding how God brings it all together to do great things!
GOD LOVES IT
Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to give half a cookie to your brother or sister? If you were like most children, your face scrunched up and you looked at your hopeful sibling with more than a little disdain. But under the watchful eye of your parent, you begrudgingly broke it in half. Then, you carefully inspected which piece was just slightly bigger before handing off the smaller half to that eager cookie stealer right next to you. Sound familiar? Let’s be honest though – that kind of giving wasn’t accompanied with the best attitude, was it? And God doesn’t want a nasty attitude associated with giving to Him or to others either.
Did you see that, friend? God LOVES a CHEERFUL giver! He’s not so crazy about a hesitant, obligatory giver. But He loves it when we give with the right attitude. So, friend, do you give with frustration like you’re sharing a cookie with that annoying sibling? May that never be said of us believers. May we all give with gladness because we know the Lord has blessed us abundantly so that you can in turn bless those around us.
GIVE TO THE RESCUE MISSION OF CAPE FEAR
There are many local organizations where your giving goes a long way. One of which joins us for our Ministry Focus this week. Mike Slawter talks with Craig Thomas about the Rescue Mission of Cape Fear and their upcoming Food and Blood Drive. Hear the details here:
Rescue Mission of Cape Fear is a non-denominational, Christ-centered ministry. Their primary purpose is to serve the homeless of Wilmington and help them write new chapters in life.
This Saturday, join the Rescue Mission of Cape Fear for a blood and food drive. It’s 10am-3pm on Saturday April 17th at their location at 502 Castle Street. They’re looking for things like cases of water, nonperishable foods and snack foods. In addition to giving at their event on Saturday, you can also support the Rescue Mission of Cape Fear by volunteering or donating daily essentials like t-shirts, underwear and socks.
For more on the Rescue Mission of Cape Fear, go to rescuemissioncapefear.org.