The Adventure of Treasure Giving-Study

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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!

2 comments on “The Adventure of Treasure Giving-Study”

  1. Oh my beautiful friend Kristy,
    How very impacted I was just now by doing the companion study about the treasure of giving. I have been struggling with a situation involving a friend and God gave me complete clarity and direction and peace as I read over the questions and answered them just now. It is quite easy for me to give “things” as my parents were very generous givers, but I realized that what I was struggling with giving was an ear to listen to friends who are going through extremely difficult trials. The Holy Spirit just showed me that when I do not want to listen to others’ problems and listen to others go over the same trials year after year, what I am doing is being selfish and wanting to stay comfortable in my peace and serenity which God is blessing me with now. (In the past, I, too, have struggled with situations for long periods of time and needed friends to listen to me as I was stuck before my breakthrough came!()
    The question about the Good Samaritan was the one that impacted me most. He gave his time and his personal attention and his promise to give more, if necessary. I have read this story many times and today was the 1st time I realized that The Bible says he nursed him through the night . The Holy Spirit told me to be there for friends in need before considering my own comfort. Thank you for these thought-provoking and heart-cleansing lessons. God bless you💗.

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    1. Now I need to thank you for your insightful comment which caused me to change my perspective about something I was going through this morning! Truly God-inspired for me! What a complete blessing you are to those around you and have been for me since day one when you made me feel so welcome and cared about. Thank you! Truly-truly! ❤️❤️❤️

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