2 Corinthians9:6-8
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Last evening, a friend that I recently made in the public transit called me to share a marital challenge he was facing. On the face of it, the issue was severe and the expected result was a divorce. My friend was broken inside and did not know what needed to be done and was kind enough to call me. We spoke about the issue at length and being married myself for 12 years to a wonderful woman, I related to the challenges he was facing and by God’s grace was able to advice him. Marriages and giving do not have much in common or so we think and I hope you wonder where I am going with this?

God created woman to be a support to her man, gave her the grace to cope with the many roles she plays in support of her family, gave her the wisdom to counsel her husband without making him feel less of a man, and made her the perfect companion to a man. God also ordained for man and woman to be one after marriage and therefore to act as one and give as one. When we are able to sow in love at home into our marriages, we will reap the fruits of it in every area of our lives, especially in our walk with the Lord. This will bring out the oneness that God desires in us. We can then go out and sow and the blessing will be manifold. When we cheerfully give of ourselves as Christ gave of himself for his bride, the church, we are blessed abundantly and more importantly God is glorified. I hope your giving does not stop with finances?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Comments
  1. springsinthedesert says:

    Vineet,

    How often do we misunderstand ‘giving’? We think we can give our finances…but God expects us to give our time, our love, our companionship, our talents, our faithfulness…And when we decide to start giving in our family…we see the blessings right in front of our eyes…Only then are we equipped to go to the world…because we have a strong foundation in our family.

    I thank God for your wonderful family…and happy to say that I’m blessed with a great family too..

    God Bless,

    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani,
      Yes, you are so right about what God expects from us. The blessing of our families is where God begins in our lives and through that uses us as a blessing to many. God bless you and your family and the works of your hand in Him.
      Vineet

  2. Awesome post about giving, and marriage, and family and God all rolled into one! How did you manage that? 🙂 I really liked the part about when we are one in a marriage that we are then able to go out and give of ourselves and be a blessing. The words He gave you for this so beautifully display what our lives should look like! Thank you and God keep you always! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      As always, I wish I knew the hows and whys of the way these words were put together and I can assure you that as much as I would like to believe I wrote them, I cant because these are not my words. God inspires us as His children to minister His word to the world and I am but a blessed servant holding the master’s banner. The simple truth is that God is glorified in our service to Him but we need to first clean our own home before we help others clean their lives and this was what I felt God saying.
      Blessings to you and yours,
      Vineet

  3. Vineet,

    I loved your direction in this. In the church I used to go to back at home in Kenya…we used to quote this very verse before the offertory. And guess what…the verse has nothing to do with finances…but any kind of giving. So, you are right to bring marriage into the picture because you cannot give cheerfully your finances…or any other thing when back at home there is strife. Giving ought to be an overflow…of the goodness of the Lord in our marriage, family lift etc.

    As for your friend, I feel called to pray…and I will. God has a way out…for him and his family.

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell,
      Thank you for agreeing with the point of the verse being larger than the words itself. Thank you also for praying for my friend, a believer in Jesus Christ but was shaken in His faith as Satan took many jibes at him. He seems to be doing better already and has found meaning in loving his wife just like Christ loved his bride.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  4. Vineet, This reminds me of the parable of the talents. Each servant was given between 1 and 10 talents, which literally translated is a form of money or coin, and each was called to invest it and earn more. But I am amazed at how God works when I think of how we use the word “talent” in the English language to mean so much more. It is not just our finances that we are to invest or give, but our many talents and gifts that God has given us. We are to use our talents to produce more, and often that happens best when we use our talents in our own homes. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      Thank you for the totally new perspective that really makes a lot more sense. Yes, we are called to use our talents starting in our homes and then extending into every area of our lives. Giving is what we do out of the joy of our hearts and without being happy, how can we give. Thank you for your ministry of the word and I praise God for the way He is using you powerfully to break strongholds.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

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