The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8, NRSV)
In May, we started our journey of learning more about becoming disciples through the 6 marks of discipleship in Power Surge by Michael Foss
This month is about Giving. All of us have been blessed beyond measure. Not financially, but giving is not just about money. When we hear giving in the church we automatically hide our wallets and think the pastor is going to ask for more money. But that is not what giving and/or stewardship is really all about.
We give of ourselves, our time and our possessions.
We give of ourselves when we do things for others that we can do, but they may not be able to do on their own. We use the talents we have been given to build up the lives of others. We give of our talents to do things for others to feed them, or help them learn, or do something for them that they would not or could not otherwise do or get done.
We give of our time, by giving of ourselves, and by being there to do things. Some of us volunteer at schools to be a classroom helper, or set up special activities for the kids, or to do things for the teachers. This takes time. Time is a precious commodity to all of us, as we all know there never seems to be enough of it. Giving your time to someone is a huge gift!
We give of our possessions by letting others use our things, or giving money to places. We give of our treasure and by doing that we are even more richly rewarded.
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”— Albert Einstein
So give of yourself, your time and your treasure, and allow God to abundantly bless you as you bless others.