Gift Giving IS Good Business

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NIV

The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered also himself. Proverbs 11:25 KJV

Giving is “Good” Business

As I was sitting in church last wednesday, I was urged to give a special offering for the purpose of a Christmas giving. I totally support what our church does, buying gifts for children that have none, and I think that it is a good thing to do with time and resources.

Ordinarily, I am quick to give, with a joyful heart. So I was greatly surprised when I heard the Lord tell me to give-and my INSTANT response was- Nah-DON’T do it, it ISN’T “good” business. I hastened, and THREW the money in the basket! I was not about to let the devil rob me from my opportunity to give, when the Lord had ASKED me too!

This response of “giving isn’t GOOD business”- left me to wonder-when on earth did I become “SO IMPORTANT” to myself that gift-giving became about dollars and sense and NOT about the blessing, and the heart?

“It is BECAUSE I give that I KNOW that I have MORE than enough for ME.”

Gift Giving Returns to YOU

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:29

When we give gifts-do they BOOMERANG back to us? Do we get “STUFF” in return? No, of course not. Does God see what we do? ABSOLUTELY! Giving gifts, opens our hearts toward giving, and in return, we begin to think toward abundance. This is the GREATEST benefit of giving- our ability to receive an abundant-type thought mentality.“It is BECAUSE I give that I KNOW that I have MORE than enough.”

I believe that when the resistance to giving came to me, I had trained my mind to think in terms of return on my investment or ROI. The enemy was attempting to convince me that if I “gave away” “my” money, I wouldn’t be making a sound investment, like I do with my time or investments. After all, it is easy to give-when we KNOW we will get a return + some. Thankfully, I knew enough of the Word to know two things… #1 YOU CAN NOT “GIVE AWAY” WHAT FIRST DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU and #2 IT’S NOT “MY” MONEY! (Could it be these are the SAME thing?!)

#1 YOU CAN NOT “GIVE AWAY” WHAT FIRST DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU

Last year a wrote an article on “stewardship” that goes more in depth as to our relationship with money, and how it is NOT ours to keep to ourselves. http://wholeheartedministries.com/hot-topics/stewardship scripture says,

The silver [is] mine, and the gold [is] mine, saith the LORD of hosts.” Hag. 2:8

#2 IT’S NOT “MY” MONEY!

When you begin to understand that all our resources come  ALL from  God, the moment we get to thinking it is “ours”, we put ourselves into a position of stinginess. MINE MINE MINE, should be the worst four-letter-word in the dictionary! This season, I would URGE you to give to others. I would URGE you to comfort the lost, broken-hearted, and empty. Give-not just to get-but to create a habit of thinking abundantly all the time, about ALL things!

God Bless you friends as you give abundantly this season,

Love always your friend,

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

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