Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
It can be difficult, if not downright selfish, to write about giving. It boils down to either what one likes or doesn’t like about what someone gives you, or it is about what you give to others. So, I’m doing something a little different . I will write about what other people give to other people when the true spirit of giving is present.
The first time the word give is used in the bible is found in Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. God gave this gift to man as an illustration of understanding and seeing the truths that God has also gifted man. The greatest truth God gave was His own Son, the embodiment of truth on this earth. This is, of course, Jesus Christ. The bible says that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The bible also says that Jesus is the light. Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Now, this truth, this light, that is, Jesus, was attributed of saying, Act 20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Act 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
This kind of giving is not the modern form of giving. This kind of giving is giving outside the realm of self and those closest to you. Let me give a few illustrations of this, the true spirit if giving. In some of these cases I know some of the people involved. In the true spirit of giving I will use no names, no locations, nothing that will help anyone to identify the givers. So, in the true spirit of giving.
A young man, late teens, early twenties, was doing something no one in our country should have to do. He was in a grocery store parking lot asking people for money so he could buy some food. We in America have become numb to these beggars, numbed by too many stories of booze and drugs, and other illicit activities people do. He approached one woman and asked for a few dollars or some spare change. She was putting the last of her groceries in the car and explained to the fellow that she carried no cash. That look of dejection came over his face, but he brightened as she said, “Let’s go in and get you some food.” As they walked the aisles he was told to get good stuff that would be nourishing. He complied and soon felt he had enough. She didn’t think so and continued shopping for the lad. A good cartful later they went to the checkout and this grateful young man was near to tears. She paid for these groceries and went home with an elation that passed understanding. God blesses giving when it is done in His spirit of giving.
This next tale of giving involves a great number of people coming together from across our nation to help one man. This man had been involved in a motor accident. He had been riding his motorcycle and was hit by a car. After losing the use of his legs, running out of insurance money because of doctor bills and the general cost of living, he was getting a bit desperate. He wasn’t out complaining about his lot in life, he wasn’t even asking for anything. But someone got wind, somehow, of his plight. He was given a new wheelchair, ramps repaired at his home, even some much needed plumbing work was done. This is a grateful man. But the ones who helped him in his need, God blesses. Many people went to bed happy that night. This group does much more in the way of helping others in need, including paying for funeral expenses for a homeless veteran. I’m proud to know some of these people.
The last example of true spirit giving occurred quite recently. A person, the supervisor of a group home for people with developmental disabilities was at a local grocery store. She had gotten the shopping done and was at the checkout counter. The woman who had just finished noticed the full cart and remarked, “You must be having a party!” The person then explained that she was buying the groceries for the group home’s Thanksgiving meal, and proceeded to tell the woman about their plans and the people that were being served. The checker finished ringing up the groceries and the woman said, “Let me buy these groceries.” Oh, I have a budget, the supervisor said. “I insist,” the woman urged and stepped in and bought the Thanksgiving groceries for the group home. The supervisor was stunned, happy, grateful, and came away full of the hope of the season. The woman who purchased the groceries was blessed, too. There were no names exchanged, no demands for a donation receipt, just the spirit of giving operating in the way God intends for it to.
These occurrences are all true. They happened at different times of the year. They illustrate that there is no time limit on giving in the true spirit of giving. God’s love happens 24/7/365, that is, all the time. I hope these examples will warm your heart and cause you to desire to give, anytime, in the true spirit of giving, and will help you in the times that, well, aren’t conducive for loving thoughts.
God Bless you!