Devotional: ‘The Gift of Giving’

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1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.

Few people in a church can know everyone else. That is especially true when a church grows larger or has multiple services. Yet even though we do not know each other, the Spirit knows us and the Spirit unites us into one body – the body of Christ.

In order to help us function like a body, the Spirit also equips every believer with at least one spiritual gift. A spiritual gift is a special talent and ability that the Spirit equips us with in order to distribute the grace of God. The Spirit uses members of the church to lead, to teach, to help and to encourage. The Spirit also uses various members within the church to give.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them… 8 … He who gives, with liberality.

Giving is a big part of being a Christian. We give because we have been given. The Bible says – ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…’ (Jn 3:16) We also read of the Lord Jesus – ‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.’ (2 Cor 8:9)

Those with the Gift of Giving have a special burden to give in order to help meet the material needs of others and to see the work of God go forward. They may or may not be wealthy. They may be someone whom God has blessed extraordinarily and therefore they desire to share their wealth with others, or they may be someone with only a meager income, yet they would rather do without themselves than to see someone else suffer.

Paul tells us that those who give should do so with ‘liberality.’ Though the word liberality might make us think of the amount they give, it also has to do with their attitude. The original word Paul used actually means to give with sincerity and an openness of heart that is free from any hypocrisy. In other portions of scripture, Paul associated this word with ‘godly sincerity’ and ‘singleness of heart.’ Perhaps what Paul was saying is that those with the Gift of Giving should give in such a way that demonstrates a genuine Christ-like heart and spirit.

Jesus said – ‘Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

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