One of my favorite pastors and teachers is Robert Morris of Gateway Church in Dallas, TX. And one of my favorite books by him is, The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living.
I didn’t need to read the book to learn about the rewards of giving. My husband and I have been generous givers for the last 37 years, and we have experience firsthand the multiplied blessings of God as a result.
But rather than talk to you about the numerous, and sometime miraculous, blessings God poured out on us in the past, I’m going to share a couple of recent ones that have just astounded us!
Giving to God isn’t just about giving your monthly tithes and offerings to the church. It also means going above and beyond that. It includes giving to others as God leads or directs.
While giving comes very easy to us, it doesn’t to all. There are many who despise any mention of giving money to the church. I’m talking about church goers here. It can be a real touchy subject. Some will even leave a church that mentions anything about tithing. I grieve for them. They have no idea what they are missing out on.
God Keeps His word!
When God says, in Malachi 3:10, to test Him and see “if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” He means it!
When He says, in Luke 6:38, to “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” He does just that!
Please note, we don’t give to get back. Not at all! Our only motive in giving is because we see a need and want to meet that need using whatever God provides us. Everything we have comes from Him. My husband and I are only stewards of what He gives us.
Here are two recent examples of God multiplying back to us what we have given away:
We found a new church recently, and began tithing in Jan. Exactly one week after tithing a large sum of money to our church, a friend who was moving gave us a costly pool table and all the accessories worth five times the amount we gave! We were flabbergasted!
Also in Jan, we wanted to see our friends in Mississippi, but because we are such homebodies we weren’t excited about making the trip there and back. Then, my husband came up with a wonderful idea. Why not use the money we would spend on the trip and fly our friends to Colorado instead? I was immediately all for it!
What a blessing for us to be able to spend time with our dear friends in our own home! They, too, were blessed because they were able to go on a much needed, out-of-town vacation that they couldn’t have afforded otherwise. They were very grateful for the all-expenses-paid trip here and we had lots of fun making many, joy-filled memories.
A few weeks later, through a friend, the Lord blessed me with a free, two-week cruise to Norway, Iceland, and Scotland scheduled for Aug of this year – worth thousands of dollars more than what we spent on our friends from Mississippi! I am absolutely overcome by the immense goodness and generosity of my God!
Maybe you’ve always wanted to give, too, but don’t quite know how. Begin by tithing to your local church. Then, in addition, give offerings to special church outreaches, missions, or even anonymously to single parents in the church.
There is such indescribable joy in giving
You will want to increase your giving even more. Do so by seeking the Lord. Ask him how and to whom to give. It may be a $20 or $50 tip to the college student waiting tables. Maybe the Holy Spirit will prompt you to pay for the pizza for the young, homeless man ahead of you who just poured out all the change he has on the counter to see if he has enough to buy a pizza for lunch for him and his girlfriend.
Being a generous giver doesn’t always mean you must give financially to be a blessing to others. You can do so by giving of yourself – your talents, your skills, and your time. Shovel the snow from the driveway of the widow next door. Write regularly to your husband’s nephew in prison. Help someone looking for a job with their resume.
There are needs all around. You need only open your eyes!
PRAYER: God, it amazes me that you reward us for giving, especially when it’s something we love doing. Thank you for consistently increasing our income so that we can give even more to others in need. Amen.