A Lifestyle of Giving
Proverbs 3:27-28 (NLT) Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
How often do we put off things that can be done right away? There have been several times when I was prompted to do something or give toward a cause and I thought I better wait until I finish what I'm doing. Well later, that thought of helping was no longer on my mind.
We must be intentional and do what we can as soon as possible. God loves us so much that He … gave… Jesus loves us so much that He gave His life for us. If we want to be a blessing to others we must start with what we have to give now. We cannot expect increase in our lives if we aren't doing what we should with the things God has already given us. Life isn't fun being selfish - life becomes truly joyful when we walk in obedience to Christ and follow His lifestyle of giving, praying for the sick, fasting, teaching, building up disciples and so much more.
Acts 20:35 (NLT) And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Find someone to bless each day or each week to begin. Find the joy of giving and being proactive. It doesn't have to be hard - if someone complimented on how much they liked something of yours (a purse, a piece of jewelry) the next time you see them bless them with it! What good is it to store up material items for yourself? Use them to be a blessing. Gift a good book to someone, take someone to get a pedicure, pay for someone's gas, pay for someone's $1.00 soda at the gas station or a cup of coffee. It can be as big or small as you like and no matter that size, you are planting seeds of kindness in the hearts of others who may never receive love anywhere else.
If you go out to eat, tip big! Be an example of a godly giver - not a stingy Christian. Even if the order was wrong - waiters and waitresses aren't perfect, just like us. We didn't deserve redemption by the blood of Christ but it was poured out for us anyway. One evangelist I enjoy listening to and learning from says he only goes out to eat if he can tip 100% of the bill. It has opened the door for many to get saved, prayed for and healed. All because of someone's generosity and heart to be like our Father. Isn't that what Christianity is all about?
Give as freely as you have received!