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Philippian 4:14-23

14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Giving is not about the giver or the receiver, it is all about God and the glory of Jesus Christ. It maybe be the needy that we give our time and money to, but it should be in joy that we give and in the name of Jesus, because the things we are able to give was a gift itself from God. Giving to help the children of God and to further His kingdom is pleasing to God and it will be blessed. We will also be bless more to be able to give more, but more importantly, He will bless us abundantly in eternity where we will be in His presence.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

God is Gracious

The Gift of Giving

There are many reasons why people donate to churches and charities: tax deduction, tradition, habit, or out of quilt, but the greatest way to give is cheerfully. (2 Corinthians 9:7) Happily giving without thought of getting something in return, which is a hard thing to do, that is why it is a gift of giving. God gives us the will to give of our money and our time.

If you think about it though, it really isn’t that hard to give. First, He blesses us with riches, especially here in this country, where even the poorest have a couple bucks to get something to eat or find a soup kitchen. Compared with others parts of the world, we have a lot. Out of these riches we are asked to give just a little bit, He even tells us that, “Try Me now in this, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessings that there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10)

Lastly, the Bible tells us that we should store up treasures in Heaven. (Matthew 6:20)  Nothing here will last forever and even if you have it buried with you like the Chinese Emperors or Egyptian Pharaohs, it will just be buried or more likely, stolen.

Giving in the Name of Jesus will allow you to take it with you, or more exactly, it will be there for you. This actually presents a kind of dilemma for me, I feel like I am thinking about getting something when I give, I will be getting much more back when I get to Heaven. I think it’s okay though since we are told to store up treasures in Heaven.

Whatever it is, I know it will be more than enough just to be with my God forever.

The Rich and the Rich Poor

Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

James 1:9-11

The rich is of course the wealthy, the ones who have a lot of money. They may have inherited it, saved it, earned it, maybe even won it, but they have a lot of it. Does that mean they have a lot of happiness? Possibly, it all depends on who they know and I don’t mean a celebrity or some great looking people, or even the president. None of those people can make you truly happy with an everlasting happiness. Jesus is the only one who can do that. If you know Jesus as your Savior and your friend, you will receive His grace, peace, and joy. A truly lasting joy that surpasses all entertainment on Earth.

The people who know Him are the rich poor; He makes the poor in wealth rich in spirit. Even the poorest people who have nothing more than shelter and the day’s food are content and fulfilled if they know the Prince of Peace.

I not saying that all rich people are sad, lonely, or depressed, not at all, many born again Christians have been blessed by God with earthly riches, who in turn blesses others in His name. I guess they would e the rich rich.

The blessing of the LORD makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 10:22

I have been blessed greatly by God and He gives me great joy in giving back to Him.