Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God ~II Corinthians 9:7-12
Lately God has been calling me on His path of faith. In one of my other posts I alluded to being a blessing for my pastor and his wife through doing something I felt God tell me to do. This past weekend the pastor’s wife testified about what they have been going through lately and it opened my eyes to how amazing God is.
All my life I have heard stories of how people were at the end of their rope, not sure where their next meal would be, not sure how they would pay their bills, and they would pray and God would open the door at the last minute. About two weeks ago I felt God tell me that I had to financially bless my pastor and his family. Now, I’m a student. I’m living off of student loans and every dollar I spend = debt of an ever increasing gaping hole. I understand that my future profession will hopefully help me pay it off, but I also know that every penny saved now is MANY pennies saved later in the world of compound interest. However, when I felt God tell me to give them money I just said “okay, how much and when?” because I truly believe that all the money I have now is from Him and so all my money in the future (or lack thereof) will be from Him too. Since I know with all my heart that He never forsakes the righteous and their seed doesn’t beg for bread, I know that my God who owns the cattle of a thousand hills will provide when I need it. One night before prayer I felt God say that I had to give them a check THAT NIGHT and so I went to prayer with it in an envelope. Unbeknownst to me, God told them that they needed to give a check to a young couple who just had a baby and, although they weren’t 100% sure how they were going to do it, they decided on a certain amount that they felt God telling them to give while at prayer. Low and behold, because I listened to the leading of Him, I gave her an envelope that very night and even though she thought it would be how much they were giving, it was actually that amount and more. After months of struggling financially and wondering if they made the right decision to go into the ministry full time, they felt this was God’s way of telling them that He would take care of them and to keep focusing on feeding His sheep.
This is the God we serve! NEVER in my life did I think that I would ever be the “check in the mail” part of one of these stories. I was crying in my car on the way to prayer this week, thanking God for allowing me the privilege of being part of this testimony but… it doesn’t end there! I have been pretty sick lately, for over two weeks now I’ve been coughing most nights and barely sleeping. Finally I got prescriptions from a doctor and went to fill them last night and paid a large sum for them. It cost almost as much as a month’s worth of groceries for me! Deciding that I needed the medication, I paid the hefty price and went on my way. The next morning, I get a call from one of my doctor’s offices and they told me that a procedure I paid for before out of pocket had been back-paid by my insurance company and the amount was DOUBLE what I paid for my prescriptions! 🙂
Now I’m not saying that if you give money away, God will automatically bless you with money. I’m not even saying that the best thing to give away IS money. Personally I think things that we can give to God include (along with money) our time, effort, passion, and talents. Many may tithe money, but how about our time? How about your talents? Do you play for a band with friends but not for your church? Do you clean your house but never help clean the house of God?
Give what little you have to Him and find that He will multiply it and give it back to you in His timing. I didn’t need a financial blessing, I had made space in my budget to accommodate what I gave and yet God just wanted to bless me with it because He is good and His mercy endures forever 🙂 Give Him what you have and discover all the amazing, wonderful ways that He gives back to you!!!