2 Corinthians 9:12 Double Purpose To Give

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12

There are many organizations that urge people to give generously in order to help other people out. In America, they have made a dual purpose to give. One is to help others out, while the other is to get a tax write-off at the end of the year on the income taxes.

The world recognizes the need to help others out and attempt to make good on selfish reasons to do so.

Paul just commended the church for their selfless giving to help others out. He recognizes that this not only supplies the needs of other believers, but is also an expression of thanks to God.

While many recognize the need to give in order to help others, they do not always see it as a means of expressing thanks to God also. God has given people money and things for two purposes. One is to provide for their own needs, and the other is to provide for the needs of others.

At the time God sent Jesus to die on the cross, He had dual purpose in giving His Son. One is to provide forgiveness for those who believe in Him, the other is to provide a way to have fellowship with fallen man.

As a believer generously gives from his heart to the needs of others, he is telling God thanks for what He has blessed him with. He is not being selfish and hoarding what God has blessed him with to himself, but is sharing it from a loving and generous heart.

When this generous giving is done, people will praise God for His provision and the obedience of the other believers.

Regardless of how much or how little you have, you have been blessed with God with what you have. God is your provider of all that you have and need. Instead of hoarding and keeping it to yourself, give to others who are in need.

Your giving will be a blessing from God to others and an expression of thanks and trust to God for what He has given you. In all of your giving, you will never be able to out give what God can and has given you.

How are you thanking God today for what He has given you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see what God has blessed you with; that God will show you ways to share what He has given you; that you will show thanks to God by giving to others in need; and that many will see and praise God because of your generous giving.

2 Corinthians 8:2 Extreme Generosity

In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:2

Giving is something that many in the world even understand to a point. Many wealthy people give a lot a way every year, though it is primarily for the purpose of getting a tax cut. Others will also give, but only to look good, not really to help others out.

The majority of people in the world are trying to keep things to themselves. They want all the wealth and not to have to share it with others.

Paul points out that the Macedonian church had been going through a severe trial and extreme poverty, yet, they gave very generously to the needs of others.

Believers are to be known for sharing and generosity, yet, this is not often the case. Just as with the world, many believers are holding on to what they have, afraid that they will not make it if they give anything away.

As they hold this view, they are only looking at the here and now and not at what God can provide. The work that Jesus had done for them is forgotten. Jesus had given up all of heaven to live as a man and die on a cross. He gave everything, so that the believer can have everything.

Keeping this in mind, every believer needs to be filled with love and joy at being able to give something to any in need. The amount given does not matter, but the love and joy in the heart to be helping others out does.

No matter how little a person has, there is usually something that he can give to another in need. This is a portrayal of what Jesus has already given and can be a tool to share His love and be His witness.

When you see someone in need, what is your first reaction? Do you want to send them to someone else? Or do you provide what you can with a generous heart?

Pass on what God has given you. The material things you have are only temporary and need to be used to build His kingdom. Be willing to part with material things in order to show His love and meet the needs of others. God will, in turn, meet all of your needs generously.

You can never out give what God can provide.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has given you; that you will know God’s love for others; that you will see God’s provision for your life; and you will find God’s joy in giving to meet the needs of others.

Luke 21:4 How Much Are You Giving?

All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on. Luke 21:4

It is very common for the wealthy to give money to charities to help them out. Often it is done out of their excess money and in order to get a tax break later on. It is seldom done in a way that it breaks into the money needed to survive on.

This type of giving is actually often followed by most people, whether they are poor or wealthy.

Jesus had seen a widow give just a few pennies into the offering at a temple. He said that she gave out of her need, giving more than the wealthy.

The practice of giving out of excess wealth is just as common in the church as it is in the world. Many believers give as little as possible, the ten percent or less.

This way of giving is found not only in giving of tithes and offerings, but also in giving others parts of one’s life for God.

Many believers will give just a little bit of their time to prayer or studying God’s word. Often they will give even less to witnessing or discipling others. The giving is done out of their excess time or money, but not what they live on.

From Genesis to Revelation, believers are told to love God with all of their life, not just a part. This means that one is to give all that he is and has to God for God to work with.

As a believer gives everything to God for His work, God will provide all that is needed. The provision can be in food, finances, health, strength, energy, favor and more. The giving believer will never see a lack of what is needed, because he is trusting God in giving everything.

As you give to God of your money, time and efforts, determine how much are you really giving. Are you giving only out of your excess or out of your left overs? Or are you giving it all?

Do not be stingy or selfish in your giving of offerings and services.

Jesus gave all He had to give you life. He laid His life down for you. Be willing to give everything you have for God. See how God will honor that and meet all of your needs in abundant ways.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will know what God gave you; that you will know God’s provision for your life; and that you will give all of your life for God to use.