It is common knowledge among Jesus believers we are called to give. We are exhorted to support our local church, missions, those in need, the poor, etc. Many of these exhortations are from Jesus Himself. It would be easy to write a book on all the examples and ways the Lord asks us to give, however, for the purpose of this brief study, I would like to focus on what I call “treasure giving”- a kind of giving that emotionally costs you more than just what you are giving.
I love the stories of the Bible because they illustrate God’s principles so well. Let’s look at a few of the participants in some of these stories and try to infer what it may have cost them to give, in addition to the actual possessions they were giving.
Zacchaeus gave half of everything he owned to follow the Lord (Luke 19:8) What feelings might he have wrestled with in order to do this?_____________________________________________________________________________
The poor widow gave two mites to help further God’s work (Luke 21:1-4). This is an obvious question, but how was her giving different for her than for the rich men who gave out of their wealth? As you will learn from a chapter in my story, some men of means find it more difficult to part with any share of their coffer than it was for the widow to give her two mites. Interesting! Why? ______________________________________________________________________________
Mary gave Jesus her expensive perfume even though the cultural norms said to do something different. (John 12:3). She had to be brave, strong, and generous to perform this act at this time. What else might this have cost her emotionally besides her precious perfume? _____________________________________________________________________________
The good Samaritan also gave against what society deemed socially acceptable at the time. Read Luke 10:25-37 to remind yourself of what else he gave besides his money in this situation. ______________________________________________________________________________
Joseph had a role in giving “the best Egypt had to offer” to his brothers, even though they had caused him great suffering and pain. (Genesis 45: 18) Why was he willing to give? What did this cost him to perform such a generous act? ______________________________________________________________________________
Giving is sometimes hard, often costs us more than what we are giving. It is also a joyous adventure. I am grateful for this lesson. Therefore, I want to say “thank you” to the special lady who handed me a necklace she cherished. She provided me with an example of giving something you love that I will remember forever. As with many of the above examples, she is living the scripture “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
I also want to thank the Lord for the precious gift of your friendship and support. Most importantly, I want to thank Him for the amazing gift of His Son as my Lord and Savior.
There is no greater example than the treasure-giving act described in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” NIV
Due to the 4th of July holiday, I will post my next chapter on Thursday, July 11. Thank you for joining me as I continue with my story as a young (very young) bride and thank you for joining me today. Have a great week!