Your responsibilities as a follower of Jesus Christ is to use your talents, spiritual gifts, and finances, that God has blessed you with, to bless and help those around you, your neighbor. 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. 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, those things that are temporal. They are meant to be used, 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!
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, and to show 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.
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
So the question I pose to you, what will you give? How much do you want to reap in Heaven? How much do you want to do for the King of Glory, who chose you and saved your very soul?
Will it be only your 10%, keeping the rest for yourself, or not even that? Or are you going to live a radical, unexplainable, inexplicable, and sacrificial lifestyle 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 work 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