“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Even a casual study of I Corinthians chapter 13 reveals that it is possible to give without love. And even though the recipient of such a gift may profit from it, the Apostle makes it very clear that giving without loving profits the giver nothing whatsoever. In fact, such giving is excluded from the Apostolic adage, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
On the other hand, careful analysis of the Word reveals that it is impossible to love without giving. All the great patriarchs of the Old Testament were men whose love of God was indisputably manifested by their giving to Him. Abraham, the friend of God, so dearly loved God that he gave Him tithes of all, and then was willing to give his only-begotten son (“the son of his love”) on the altar of sacrifice.
The proof of our love is in our giving. For God so loved… that He gave. What greater example could we seek? Whether it be in our time, our finances, our resources, or our abilities, we cannot truthfully say we love Him if we do not give to Him. If we see our brother in need, and shut up our compassion against him, how dwelleth the love of God in us?
There are some who will give enormous sums as long as the money is going toward a project in their own neighborhood. But what about our brethren in foreign fields? What about the souls for whom nothing has been prepared? Are we not admonished to send them a portion, also? To whom much has been given, much shall be required. And it is unequivocally incumbent upon those of us who live in “the land of plenty” to give aid and assistance to those who do not.
Please don’t say you’re Apostolic if you don’t care about and give generously to the work of God. For our Master has said—When you did it unto the least of these, you did it unto me. And when you did it not unto the least of these, you did it not unto me.
We must never forget the might of the widow’s mite! Out of her lack she gave more than all who gave of their abundance. God is able to take the small offering that you might even be embarrassed to give (a lad’s lunch, perhaps?) and multiply it until it is sufficient to feed thousands. God loves a cheerful giver, i.e., one who loves to give!
The wise writer of Proverbs likened giving to sowing—scattering abroad seed in a field will cause an increase, while holding it back produces poverty. In much the same manner, the Apostle warned us that if we sow sparingly, we shall reap sparingly. But if we sow bountifully, we shall reap bountifully.
–Rev Tim D. Cormier
Reprinted from the June, 1999 issue of the Apostolic Standard.
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