The Holy Spirit has been making me aware of some of the distinct differences that are being created within today’s society and church. An example is the so called “hunger strike” by some Yale University Grad Students who said they were going without food until they were hungry! Now that’s commitment! 🙂

 

Another distinction I am becoming more and more aware of is how there are people who declare they are serving–until it is time to serve or that they are giving–until it is time to give.

 

Let’s take a deep dive into the following definitions. Hopefully, this will help us examine and embrace what it truly means to be a “giver.”

 

“Takers are people seeking to own, retain and control all of their possessions, in the sphere of contentious self-interest.”

 

Own, Retain and Control: To keep for one’s future pleasure or use.

 

Their: That which pertains to them as a person; or to their existence on the earth; can also be seen by them as either earthly, heavenly, material meta-physical or spiritual.

 

Possessions: The holding of property in one’s power or command.

 

Sphere: The influence; compass; province; employment; and place of existence.

 

Contentious Self-Interest: Without regard for others to the point of causing strife.

 

“Givers, on the other hand, are people who distribute their earthly and heavenly assets, in the sphere of an unostentatious simplicity.”

 

Distribute: To divide among several or many.

 

Earthly and Heavenly: That which pertains to earth and/or heaven; or to God’s existence on earth as it is in heaven; always seen as being given to them from above and definitely given to them by God.

 

Assets: Something valued for its ability to be useful.

 

Sphere: The influence; compass; province; employment; and place of existence.

 

Unostentatious: Never intended to attract notice and impress others.

 

Simplicity: The freedom from guile, cunning or duplicity.

 

Givers have the ability to possess and give away their natural, spiritual, financial and emotional resources to the sacrificing of his or her own personal, business, or even family needs. The person who is a true Giver loves, finds joy and is fully motivated to be open handed with the resources that are needed for the enlargement of the people in their lives. This includes family members, friends, the Church as well as the endowment of its ministry for the sake of blessing of others.

 

A biblical example is found in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

 

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:30-37

 

In the story, the Good Samaritan…

 

  1. Correctly perceived the condition of a man others had walked by.
  2. Saw his empathy, bandages and finances as assets to manage.
  3. Poured out medicinal oil and wine for the purpose of blessing and healing.
  4. Moved the broken man from a dangerous place to a place of safety.
  5. Provided his time, friendship and love to care for one he did not know.
  6. Gave more than enough paying what was owed and making a deposit for future care.
  7. Was willing to make a reimbursement for anything spent above his own expense.

 

 

In this story the Lord Jesus Christ was speaking about Himself and the life we who follow Him should seek to embrace. Like the Good Samaritan, we should:

 

  1. Seek to rightly observe and identify the needs of others.
  2. Realize we have the riches of heaven at our disposal.
  3. Freely give because we have freely received.
  4. Help others take the steps needed to live in a place of wellness, safety and security.
  5. Offer our very lives for the sake of adding value to everyone we meet.
  6. Bless others beyond the current moment and extend the blessing into the future.
  7. Fully appreciate that whatever we give will be given to us; pressed down, shaken together and running over by the Lord when He returns.

 

I pray these words motivate you toward a life of giving. Having a giving mindset causes us to understand that all things come from God, belong to God and should be used to bring glory to Him. True stewards (givers) are the managers of the riches of heaven. They seek to have the spiritual, emotional, mental and financial resources that are needed at any time and find their greatest joy in the sharing of these resources as the Holy Spirit directs. Ask the Lord to help you change. Ask Him to speak to your heart and soul from His Word and Spirit. Seek to be saturated with His Presence so that you can see yourself giving and becoming a giver.

 

 

I also encourage you to read Romans 12 in the Wuest Translation of the New Testament.

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