Think of all the things you have. How blessed you are right now. Do you realize that God has given you everything? What will you give in return? All your talents, skills, possessions, spiritual gifts, and finances, that God has blessed you with. He has given them to be used for Him. Did you know that He is testing you? To see what you will do with them. Will you give back to God by helping those around you, your neighbor? Those in greatest need.
For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done. Matthew 16:27
Understand that it is ok to enjoy life and the gifts you have been given. But it is much more important in God’s eyes that you give and give sacrificially to the needy and not satisfy your own flesh. There is a reason and a responsibility that comes with the gifts God gives to His children.
“Everyone to whom much was given, of him, much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” Luke 12:48b
Do not waste those great gifted God has given to you only on yourself or on trivial pursuits. On those things that have temporal value. They are meant to be used for the Lord’s work. They are meant to be sown into the lives of others. They are meant to help the weak, depressed, lonely, brokenhearted, homeless, helpless, hungry, thirsty, the stranger, those in prison, naked, and destitute. Those who may have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and need someone to show them love and care.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
God has given you such great gifts, don’t hide them. Don’t keep them to yourself. They are not intended for your own profit. They are for the strengthening and helping of His people. For the lost and broken of this world. They are to show them the sacrificial love of Christ through your own presentation of love and sacrifice.
But don’t worry that you will give too much. When you give to God, it is impossible to “give too much.” What you sow in the ground, or in this case, into the Kingdom of God, will be multiplied beyond your comprehension. Just as a single seed of corn can reap a thousand, the seeds you sow will reap thousands.
It is better to give all you have away for the planting of the kingdom of God on this earth and live like a pauper, for the sake of Jesus. Receiving great rewards in Heaven that will outshine all the wealth of the world. Then to live like a king in on earth and receive a meager wage in Heaven or even worse be sent to Hell for not following Jesus’ commands at all.
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives Him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” Luke 9:48
So the question I pose to you is, what will you give and how much are you willing to sacrifice for Jesus? How much do you want to reap in Heaven? How much do you want to do for the King of Glory? He who chose you and saved your very soul.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Will it only be a handful, keeping the rest for yourself, or not even that? Or are you going to live radically for Him in the eyes of man? Giving beyond the norm. Giving more than you have been given. That when the Lord speaks your name to the host above, all heaven will burst into shouts of joy, singing, and rejoicing. For the bountiful harvest of righteousness that came by the selfless sacrifice of your hand.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:31-40