Freely We Receive, Freely We Give
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him alsofreely give usall things?” Romans 8:32
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” Ephesians 5:1
“You cannot out give God, but I dare you to try.” These are the cheerfully spoken words I heard many years ago from someone teaching the concept of tithing and giving. This was his challenge born of the idea that God had told us to prove Him, that is to tithe with the intent of confirming with confidence that God will do exactly what He promised when He said He would open the windows of Heaven and pour us out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. He said to try Him in this. [Malachi 3:10-11]
Over the years I have seen God move in amazing a profound ways to meet my needs and to bless me beyond my needs so that I am empowered to be a blessing to others. That is the ultimate end of our giving, that we become givers like God, with God’s heart, God’s plan, God’s way, in God’s timing.
Jesus came into the world precisely when God intended that He should, and He died and He was raised from the dead exactly when He said He would. His timing is perfect. The gift of His birth was one of the most important events in all the history of mankind. The Resurrection of Jesus is equal to it. Together they are the greatest expressions of God’s love for us. Nothing else in all creation can be compared to it. God so loved that He gave. He loved so much that His fullest and most profound expression of it was to give. Love gives. All Godly giving is motivated by love.
If we are to be imitators of God we will be those who are known by our love.
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
And Jesus said we are to love even our enemies. Our love is to mirror God’s love, not in theory or merely as a topic of conversation or a sermon but in real demonstration of His actions. When He gave Jesus, He gave the most valuable, most priceless part of Himself as a gift of love. Now, we, as imitators of His love have the opportunity and the privilege everyday to give love, to give hope, to give encouragement, to give blessing, to give materially, physically, emotionally from an inexhaustible store of God’s resources of healing, grace, mercy, forgiveness, patience, compassion, time, whatever the need presented to us.
Did you ever think about this? God never gets tired, bored, discouraged, disappointed, anxious, nervous, fearful or regretful. He never gets frustrated or feels inadequate to any situation or circumstance. He has more than enough of whatever is required for every care or concern of our lives. Nothing is too big, too small, to hard or too complicated for God to resolve, meet, supply, heal, demand, make, remake, renew, restore or provide.
So, this Christmas let your heart be reminded that we serve a loving Father, who gives. He is more than enough for whatever we need and He is eager to supply us with all that He is and has, to enjoy, and to use to His glory and the establishment of His Kingdom on the earth.
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18
God is still in the covenant business. What He has promised from the beginning He is committed to completing unto its appointed time. The birth of Jesus began a life-restoring miracle that continues to this day and beyond. Everyone who believes will be saved. Whatever we ask in His name He will give us. Every promise in Him is yes and amen.
Fear not little flock, God is pleased to give you the Kingdom.
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
This is the message of Christmas. God has given His Son and all things to us, so we can give Him to the world. And He has promised that all that we give will be multiplied back to us that we can multiply our giving and demonstrate His love to all in ever increasingly blessed ways.