If you call yourself a Christian, you are called to ministry. First, to minister to the world—whether it be your own small corner or abroad in a foreign nation. We are all called to be ministers of the Gospel. Also, we are called to the ministry of giving.
…now I want you to excel also in the gracious ministry of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7b (NLT)
I can guarantee that God has put it on your heart to give. If you don’t believe so, you haven’t been listening.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
James 1:17 (NKJV)
If God gives us good gifts and we are to become more and more like Him every day, should we not also be giving good gifts?
If you are really eager to give, it isn’t important how much you are able to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you don’t have.
2 Corinthians 8:12 (NLT)
God doesn’t intend for us to give so much that we become destitute. He wants us to give not only to bless others, but to make more room in our lives.
Blow up a balloon, but don’t tie it off. Let all the air out. Blow it up again. Let the air out. Each time you let the air out, the balloon will appear larger. You’re stretching it. Making more room. There are things that God wants to give us that won’t fit into our lives the way they are. The balloon would pop. But let the air out, and you’ve made room for more the next time you fill it.
God wants to do the same with us. Giving may deflate us a bit, but God will fill us to capacity again and again, increasing our limit every time. If you tie off a balloon, no air can get in or out. The supply is cut off.
Don’t cut yourself off from God’ generous supply by being stingy. Instead, become a part of His supply chain and allow Him to bless others through the blessings He gives you.
Learn to excel at the ministry of giving.
Daily Bible reading: Proverbs 30-31, 2 Corinthians 8