Out of all the scriptures I have read in my life this one remains the one at the top of my list, the one that I refer to in time of need, regardless of what I am going through or what I am feeling, this Scripture always brings me back to reality, what I mean by this is that previously in my life when I went through difficult times in my life I always let those situations get the better of me, but this scripture always had this way of humbling me in a way, here I think things are so bad and yet look at what was sacrificed for me… and for you.
Which brings me to my topic of generous giving, so many of us go about our lives and it’s all about us, what we have, how much money we make, how much we get from others, how what we do for others can benefit us… well that is not how it should be, at least I do not think so, have you ever stopped to think that if everyone that counted everything they have done for you in your life and asked for payment in return how much money would you owe everyone, well with me I think I would be repaying my debt until the day I die.
If you refer back to the scripture, how unselfish was it of God to offer up his son so that we my live, how much love did he not have for us to sacrifice that for us. I was brought up with the principle that if you give someone something you should not always expect something in return, you should give it with a good heart.
I used to be one of those people that would give someone something, hoping that someday I will get something back, why? Well because I did something good, so something good needs to come back to me, well the way I see it is if I am giving someone something and expecting something in return then that is not a good deed it is a business transaction, there is a big difference.
The past couple of weeks God’ has really opened my eyes to things I never noticed before, about a little boy who lost his father at a very young age and does not have a lot because his mom is looking after both of them on just one salary and not 2, my heart goes out to him, I was in that position, I too lost my father, I know what that feels like.
Then there are these 2 homeless children on the street, I see them every day when I go to work, and every day when I come home, I see them when I go to the shops, or when I got to church, I have never once stopped to think what they must be feeling, how hungry they must be, how much they just want a warm plate of food and maybe a hot bath.
There are so many people out there that cannot afford the things we take for granted, that just need a little help from someone, that just need someone to stretch out a helping hand and not expect anything back in return.
It is that time of year when we are all buying each other gifts and planning these great big Christmas lunches or dinners, let’s take a moment to reflect on those that will not be enjoying Christmas because they are on the streets, or because they don’t have enough money, let’s try and not think so much of ourselves and try to think more of others this festive season and give a little hope to those that don’t have any.
Ecclesiastes 5:10-15 — “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? The sleep of a labourer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labour that he can carry in his hand.”
2 Corinthians 8:9 — “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 — “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 8:7, 13-14 — “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. … Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality …”