Three little bears went to the market. The first bear decided to buy what he desired. The second bear decided to save all their money and buy nothing. The third bear decided to give away their money in the name of Christ. Who received the most? Who gained the most?
I personally think there is a time for everything. God has a lot to say about money and being good stewards of our resources. But at the same time if we never give you may find receiving difficult. When we give in the name of our Lord we are acting on faith. We are making an offering to our Heavenly Father. What we receive in return is not necessarily money but he does bless us through our giving.
Have you ever given a gift to someone and thought that you gained more from giving the gift than even the person who received it? Giving is almost always a blessing to the giver and when we do it in the name of Christ we are building a reward in heaven. This is a reward that cannot be stolen, taken or destroyed. It is for eternity and it is the only reward that truly matters.
“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” Matthew 19:21-30
So to those who find giving in the name of Christ hard, may the Lord give you a heart of faith for you will not be disappointed. And to those who struggle to know where the balance between saving in order to financially grow and giving; may God give you direction and wisdom. For all we have to do is ask for wisdom then listen and he will give us the answer. Amen