Romans 12:8 (NLT)
If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
This week’s spiritual gift is giving. The definition of giving is to share what material resources you have with liberality and cheerfulness without thought of return.
Consider the following:
The gift of giving is the deep commitment to provide whatever resources are needed to support God’s will and plan. In addition to radical generosity, those who possess the gift of giving have the uncanny ability to discover and channel new sources of money, time, and energy to needs. Money management skills, grant writing abilities, and the easy knack of asking for donations and cultivating donors are among common skills of gifted givers.
Senior Pastor, Robert Morris, has a series entitled, The Blessed Life. In this series, he explains that giving comes from the heart and that giving applies to every area of our lives because giving goes beyond finances. In one of his sermons, he poses the question, am I generous? He indicates that the enemy of generosity is selfishness and he parallels it to living a godly life versus a sinful life. He also educates the congregants on the three levels of giving: tithes (10%), offerings (above the tithe), and extravagant offerings (radical mandate from God). Lastly, he emphasized that generosity comes from gratitude and grateful people are generous. Know that Christ has mandated all of us to give, but when you have the gift of giving you do not find it as challenging to give just to give. As we explored during our Lenten season devotional this year, when you give just to give, God will beat your giving in your tithe, your time, and your talent! As the hymn goes, “You can't beat God's giving, no matter how you try. And just as sure as you are living and the Lord is in heaven on high. The more you give, the more He gives to you, but keep on giving because it's really true that you can't beat God's giving, no matter how you try.”
Today, I encourage you to reflect on that giving is not about the amount or the item but it is about the heart.