Glory E. George
Ps 87:2 – The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 – For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The starting point in our giving is the decision to reaching out to the world with the love of Christ is the best we can make, but also a crucial relational decision with God. We’ve not only had the privilege of giving seeing how God used our gifts, we’ve had the opportunity to experience the testing and proving of God’s faithfulness in our lives – through finances and, materials and other things. We will never forget a couple of substantial gifts that came to us from the most unlikely sources – but at a critical time of financial, material and other needs.
As we consider Christ’s examples in the Bible and Paul’s exhortations to care for our family members and the needy in our world, we must ask, “How? How can we provide for and meet the needs of the less privilege in our communities?” Over the years since, like everyone else, we have experienced many other difficulties that tested our faith – children, health and ministry issues, business, finance, family and career issues. But as different issues have arisen, one of the reasons we know that God will be faithful to us is because of what He has taught us about Himself through giving. The biggest benefit of giving has not been simply that our needs have been met; the biggest benefit is the firsthand knowledge that the God of heaven personally knows and cares for us hence we must care for those in need in our communities.
As we consider this mercy ministry, it is important to consider that God promises tremendous blessings to those who care for the needy. Proverbs 19:17 says, “The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay him for his good deed.” In addition, in Deuteronomy 14:29, God promised to bless the work of our hands as we provide for the foreigners, the fatherless, Old people, Widows and all in diverse Needs (1 Timothy 5:3-16)
“You must not afflict any widow or orphan. If you afflict them in any way and they cry to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my anger will burn and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will be widows and your children will be fatherless. Exodus 22:22-24
The body of Christ can honour them by meeting their spiritual needs. This includes praying for them, encouraging their faith, and sharing the gospel with them if they don’t know Christ. These people are often good ground for the gospel and spiritual encouragement. The church can honor them by meeting their practical needs. This includes but is not limited to providing shelter, food, clothing, and emotional support. The blessings and privileges that believers have in Christ are bountiful, to say the least. Scripture declares, in fact, that we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3), indeed, we are complete in Him (Col. 2:10).
The outworking of these blessings mean a number of wonderful things in a Christian’s life. When understood and appropriated by faith, they mean peace, joy, happiness, comfort, encouragement, and significant purpose. But that’s not all, though this is often all you hear emphasized in many messages and in the conversations of Christians. It certainly seems this is the main focus of many, if not most people, in our comfort and pleasure-crazed society.
However, with our privileges come two more vital concepts: ‘strength’ (ability) and ‘accountability’ (responsibility). Our blessings and privileges mean the ability, by the power of God bestowed in those blessings, to be different from the world and be meaningful to others as believers in Christ. We can live victoriously over circumstances and meeting the needs of others in our communities. But they also mean the responsibility to do so, not in our own strength, of course, but through the ability God gives us through the Saviour we can make the difference and meaningful impact in the lives of others in our world.
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