2 Corinthians 8:7-9, 12
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. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 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… For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

I have always been uncomfortable about messages on giving because I fear it takes away from the essence of Jesus. In my head, I separate finances from the spiritual realm as they don’t seem to fit together well or so I thought. This morning, as I read Paul’s recommendation on giving, I saw new meaning to it. That added with our present situation of trying to buy a home with the limited resources we have plus our non-existent credit history has opened my eyes to a new facet in our walk with the Lord. When I first started putting money in the offertory as a little boy, my understanding of giving was that it was a fee we paid, and as I grew up, it felt like buying favors with God. After I was saved, it became a joyous offering of what God gave me.

However, my understanding of giving was limited to finances. As I progressed in my walk with the Lord, I learnt that giving was in all areas of our lives and what we gave was the first fruits of what we had, whether it be our time, our love, our service, our efforts, our participation, etc. When we note that our Lord Jesus was rich, our minds construe it as wealth and we feel sad for what he sacrificed in terms of wealth. What Jesus actually sacrificed was much more and that includes being in the presence of God, something He valued so much that He wanted us to have. The riches Jesus wanted us to have were not simply material comforts but the abounding grace of God. To the blind, the greatest gift is not a lottery but the gift of sight. To the dying, the greatest gift is life. To the materially unsatisfied dying soul, the greatest gift they can have is a fullness of joy that no money can buy, a lifetime of guilt free living, an eternity in the presence of God to enjoy His glory and grace and many more such things that we can never buy. Jesus became poor so that through his poverty and sacrifice, we may become rich in a way no man can be through their own efforts. Are you rich and if so, is that going to satisfy your soul’s cravings?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Philippians 2:5-7 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness…

Comments
  1. I am learning about being rich in Jesus, more and more. He told me not to worry about money, about finances, and I need to obey Him in that. When I do, then I also give freely of whatever I have, because of Him and all that I have in Him. 🙂 Thank you so much, Vineet, for leading us to His riches! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      As time progresses and I continue to seek God, I have come to realize that when our lives rest in Him, He adds to us as we need. Never short, never too much but just enough and just right. I fear that in my need to control my life, I often steer towards goals such as how much I would like to make, what size home I want to have, what role I need to attain at work, which car is right, etc. These are fine to strive to but to be able to reach the place where God wants us to be, He seems to be asking us to forget the world and long for Him. When we are there, He adds to our souls more than we can ever thank Him for.
      Blessings to you and yours,
      Vineet

  2. Vineet,

    Oh yes! Amen and amen. It is not about money…money is just a small fraction in the whole package of salvation. Joy, Peace, hope, graces…which can never be bought with worldly wealth. And yes…above it all, like you said, a standing with God in His presence without guilt because of the sacrifice of His Son. Oh….HOW SO RICH WE ARE! Bless His holy Name.

    Thank you my brother…for reminding me about my riches in Christ.

    Blessings to you and your family…and may that dream house come true for you!

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell,
      Thank you for your kind words that always encourage and lift me up. We are so blinded by the yardstick of this world that I was down about how little we had and how large our need was. It was then that the Lord reminded us that what we saw as little was a lot to Him and to a God for whom 2 cents from an old lady was more than 1,000s from the rich, He wanted us to trust in Him, not our resources. We then realized that we had LOTS and we were then able to appreciate better the home that we could afford because even though to man this home might seem small and measely, to us it is perfect and wonderful, a real blessing from GOD!
      Blessings to you and yours,
      Vineet

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