Introduction to Giving
Text: 1Cor. 13,
Though I speak in tongue of men and of angel I have no charity I become a clangging cymbals; though I have the gift of prophecy and I understand all mistery and I have no charity, I am nothing. 1Cor. 13:1,2;
Afterward talk about this
Who should give? Should the poor give and where or what area is given encouraged in the life of believer.
Things to do before the next time
Go to a nearby orphange or hospital to witness to them about the Love of Christ, speak and encourage the with the little of you old cloths, provision or foodstuff, if you have some money give it to asist a patient or orphanage child, write down the sign of joy or peace you find in the face of the benefactor.
Meditate on this verses 1Cor. 13
Write down how you feel like within you after given to five or six people volontrily, write your emotion in two page.
When I was hungry you gave to eat, when I was thirsty you gave me to drink, when I was in prison you visited me should be our testimony not a sermon. When we say given, should it be taught or practise, giving start from within because the mind have to decide it then the hand only respond to the impulse created by the love from within this produced the consciousness of seeing others as you see yourself and look upon them as your father, brother, sister, friends and even as your own body. This is what the Bible call charity is motivated by love not proudness or neccessity but if you have one euro to give and the gift is not motivated by love it is useless because for given to be beneficial it must first and foremost come to your memory of what you will want to do if you are in that situation as a sick, handicap, orphan and imprisoned. As you will want other to do to you if you are in that situation even so do to those in such situation if you know in such situation you will ask a friend for help ask it for those in that situation.
A pure religion undefile before the world is this that you visit the poor with bread, care for the widows, help the fatherless, care for those in prison and be a companion to the sick in their affliction. If you do this I believe God wouuld not abandon you in hell or sick bed but rather you will receive well done thou good and faithful servant, our Christianity is a religion if it be without Charity, so Charity is a prove of our Christian faith, it go further to tell the world that we are the son of God not because we said it but because we live it. There are various attribute of given which we shall be looking at which are itemized as follows Given to God, given to the church or ministers, given alms, given to the poor, given to the rich or bribe, offering and tithe, seed faith, vows, given as a lifestyle.
Type of given
1. Giving to God
Given to God can sometimes be misunderstand in our worship method today because during the time of Noah and Abraham, the items are to be offered in terms of burnt offering which is no longer the case today but rather the knowledge of the word of God has increased enough by the Coming of the Holy Spirit, we now understand that what ever we do for men or women who are made in the image of God after his likeness that we do unto God so when ever we give one loaf of bread to one war refugee or orphan or prisoner or widow you are actually given to God directly, it does not matter if this people are christian or muslim, saved or on saved as long as they are created by God, they are his children so give to them without consideration.
2. Given to the church
This is the act of given to the service of God such as missionary welfare pack, given generally in the church to ensure equality between the rich and the poor, in this case the rich are to give more why the poor less, not for proud or popularity contest which will easily attract attention because of the amount or those involve but with little or no blessing because the praise result in promotion and title of honour which make you to be celebrated in the society or even gain an award or reward for doing doing such things. This kind of given is common among politicians, company, most pentecostal churches, charity institution. Christian should not encourage such given because it does not help to bridge gap between the poor and the rich instead it widens the gap.
3. Given alms
Given alm Is a kind of given that help bring the poor and the feeble among us to the level where they can leave like us, Paul definition of this kind of given is that the abundance of the rich is used to supply the want of the poor by so doing the rich have not excess and the poor has no want this is the Bible definition of alms but is that what we are doing today in churches, is the rich not given more even in the church of Christ why the poor are sometimes neglected this have leaves the poor in perpectual poverty, this have given rise to segregation in the house of God spiritual poverty among minister, in some case it even leads to enslavement of ministers and missionary which has leads to downslide of truth into deprivity which has also lead to self seeking, greediness for filthy lucre, aboveall doing everything to make money without respect of the word of christ in Matt. 6:2–4 “2 When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee. So christian should careful that the motive of their give should not be self motivated or else the purpose of such given is defeated.
4. Given to the poor
This is a non religious thing which need to be practice if their is a poor person in you neigbourhood or in proper terms those you are richer than in any area in wisdom, knowledge, creatively or financially. Given doesn’t have to always be money but something you can contribute to make other life worth living, it might be spending time to encourage them, tell them how you overcome poverty, rather than give them a penny that can only be useful instantly teach them how you earn your living in a Godly manner but not neglecting the instant need of such a person who might not be in position to listen because he is hungry so give him food for today give him hope for tomorrow be sincere about your status. Make him or her understand that you don’t have excess but if you both work together as a team, he or she can improve his or her condition and not to forget that anyone who give to the poor, God would keep you in perfect heal th.
5. Given to the rich or bribe
This kind of given are of two type the rich given to the rich while the poor gives to the gives to the rich for different motive but in a situation when the rich gives to the rich we find out that most of the time there is a motive for such give which can either be a bribe or recommendation which in both case is a bribe. This is usually intense of cash or kind or celebration in which a rich friend will be invited to display his financial power by giving more money to the man who already have everything because their service is needed to boost their political or business relationship this kind of given is consider as bribe which may also be from one employee or appointee to the others. They poor often gives to the rich to demostrate their loyalty to him, hoping to be reciprocated as benefactor which in most cases never happen this also is consider as under bribing which would help the rich to extend his proud over that poor person why in due time it will give rise to the rich oppressing him rather than favour him.
6.Offering and tithes, seed faith, vows.
Offering is a voluntary sacrifice made by a person or group of person, in this case to God which can be used to build the house of God, carried out missionary out reach, relieves a poorer Church, provides food for the poor, prisoners, orphans, widows which in this case you are to give without asking how it is spend because is a gift to God through his Angel which represent him in a local Church or Mission, which according to Matthew 5,6; your right hand should not know what your right what your left is doing.
In the case of tithes is a recommendation of the law which does who do must leave by them, this is not a due for everybody, but those who can keep the whole Laws, which Christ said Love, truth and Justice must first be tithes, while the Bible said the levithee who collect tithes pay tithes through Abraham but I don’t know who pay tithes of the gentile Pastor who exercise their right to collect tithes, if Christ the Bible said if he was on earth he would not have been a priest since there where priest which offer according to the Law, so as Christian our priesthood is not of this world just as that of Christ priesthood is not of this world, read the whole book of Hebrew. If you are a tither you are blessed if you keep the whole Law but if not you have put yourself under curse as it is written Curse is every one which continue not in everything writting in the book of the law.
7. Given as a lifestyle
This are the people that the Book of first John is talking about because they don’t give out of necessity but rather out sincere mind with geniune desire to please God not man. This are they who feel sorry when they have no mean to help a person who come begging them for help most time this people are average in rear cases poor but I have never seen the super rich in this class, this are does who love in truth with God kind of love who will not put himself first but rather put other before himself but this kind are never favour by the world nor by those they help but they keep helping because to do good is their job as a result their family and friend commonly resent them for their over Godly nature when this is mix with Godly character they make a successful missionary and minister of God who will never be ashame in his
* Vow, seed faith,Tilth and Offering
Vows is the language use in the Bible to signify pledge to God but has his root from the law which make it though good but deadly, good in the sense that it can elevate a christian from the point of want to plenting but when not redeemed, it can be tragic to say to the angel it is a mistake but counsel you as a christian don’t be push people into vow or don’t vow at all, your christianity does not depend on it, remember own no man nothing, if you vow you are a debtor except you pay why should you put yourself under the law of bondage now that you are free in Christ. Just give what you have to God since God does not depend on what you give to bless you, give unto God by faith.
Seed faith is another method of offering that existed in the old testament is given of faith offering for building the tabernacle or tent of meeting in Exodus, but today it has been revised to generate income for the church to generate income for the welfare of the saint but this is not harmful as long as it does not put a christian back under the law of bondage like vow and Tilthing so I don’t see anything wrong if any pastor collect it and used it for the purpose of God.
This a practice of the old testament that was adopted by the new testament is a means of of gracefully given to God our gift or substances for the purpose of proclaiming his kingdom and for the helping of poor saint this in some church can be divided into missionary offering, charity offering and maintainance or building offering but the type offering method used by the Apostle in Acts 4:32-37; “32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. 36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. This is equality given which can only be possible for a broken christian not christian who is struggling with material gain and don’t know their life is ruled by God.
This one of the means of generating income in today church but without considering the consequence that it has the tendency of putting christian back under law which he could never keep and if not base on faith, this may sound strange to christian who feel that their salvation depend on it let read the popular verse you read every sunday and understand what God is saying Malachi. 3:1-12; “1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts. From this text we understand two thing one God would send his messenger to prepare his way which the messager was John, he also said the Lord who they seek will surely come to his temple which eventually did that was Christ, but God never said he will purified the gentile to take tithes but rather the sons of Levi who the convenant of Tithing was given he making a new statement by telling them they where robbing him by not paying their tithes and offering infate they where under curse according to Deut: 28:15; “ But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:” because tithes was one of the commandment of God so if anyone who is under the law does not keep it he shall be cursed with all the curse stated in Deu. 28:15-end, Christ make who the lord said will come to his temple has come will you still put yourself under the law look at what he said in Luke 11:41,42; “ 41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. 42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” Jesus was speaking to the rulers who claim to be under the law who were expert in the law of Moses that they pay tithes of the fruit of the ground and money but have neglected to keep the Law in Justice and Love which is the most valuable part of the law which mean tithe was given to the children of Isreal as a law, which must be kept with the whole law or you shall be guilty of all that why the Apostle did not bother the early Church with tithe because the purpose was not to put the people under the burding of keeping the whole law, even christ rebuke the pharisee telling them that their tithe was not complete without the full package of the law but today a lot of congregation are still putting their congregation under curse of the Law, despite the fate that christ said the son of this world take tax of stranger not of son, the sons of God been put under the covenant that can prevent them of entry life and even put all their life under curse if they can’t keep the whole law but tithes bring blessing that is not faith driven if you remain faithful but the work of you hand will given to enemies if you are unfaithful so don’t start what you can finish consider which place you wish to be under law that bring bondage that those who do it shall live by it or under grace that justify by faith choose for self. If any man lack clarity let pray and study for himself.
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