Abundant Giving Brings Abundant Blessings

By: Wanda Fielder


            Often through the years I have heard pastors comment that it was the people in their church who had the least who gave the most. Perhaps it was not the most in dollar amount, but it was the most generous offering in comparison with their earnings or material goods. God always rewards generosity. I always chuckle when I hear the statement, God loves a cheerful giver, but He will take it from any old grump.

           I recall a thought- provoking incident that happened over thirty years ago when my husband and I traveled as evangelists. When the offering was received at a youth rally we were attending, my husband reached in his wallet and pulled out a one-dollar bill. At least that is what he thought he had procured. He later discovered that it was his last ten-dollar bill. Money was scarce for us, and it seemed like a huge amount. Of course, the Lord supplied for us, but we acknowledged that we only received a one-dollar blessing for those ten dollars because that is all we intended to give. Although we found it humorous, there was a lesson to be learned.

           God blesses generosity, and you can never out give the Lord. Taking a look at the widow from Zarephath it seems preposterous that Elijah during a time of famine would ask for her very last portion of food. She had a son to care for, and her supply was meager. Yet when we read in I Kings 17, we see that she willingly and generously gave to the prophet before she and her son were provided for. God’s promise to her was that she would be taken care of if she gave generously. I Kings 17:15 declares, “And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah; and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.” Her abundant giving brought abundant blessings.

           The young lad who gave his lunch to Jesus was actually giving his all. He had no idea whether he would have lunch to eat when he offered his fish and bread. However, the generosity and abundance of his giving provided lunch not only for him but for the multitudes also. His paltry fare would have only been a couple of sandwiches for himself; but by giving abundantly, God blessed it abundantly and fed thousands.

           We have been blessed beyond measure, and all the credit goes to God. When we realize that all we have belongs to Him, it should be easy to return it to Him when He requests. Why do we sometimes hesitate to give abundantly? Remembering that He gave His all by giving His life for us humbles us and helps us to better understand the spirit of giving. Give abundantly, whether of your time, talent or finance. In so doing, your reward will be abundant blessings . . . good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over!



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