Giving Privately to Those in Need

Date: January 07, 2010

Title: Giving to Those in Need – Privately

Scripture Readings: Genesis 16 – 18:15, Matthew 6:1-24, Psalm 7:1-17, Proverbs 2:1-5

S – Scripture:

Mt 6:4 “Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

O – Observation:

The verses from Mt 6:1-4 talk about giving to the needy and how we should do it. Most often people want to be recognized for their good deeds. We want to get “credit” so we make sure people know what we are doing so that we can benefit by a pat on the back. I say most, because if you look at our society, it’s what politicians do, it’s what businesses do – they give to others and take “photo opportunities” or call press conferences, so everyone can see what they “did” so others can say what a good deed they did and get votes or more business because they did what was right for others. But it wasn’t an unselfish move, because they gained from the act of giving. The bible says in vs 2, that’s all the reward they will get.  However, as Christians we should give unselfishly, with no expectation of earthly reward, no parade, no acknowledgment. We shouldn’t give so that we can get more (business or accolades), we should give because we can and are called to do so.

A – Application:

Give as I would give unto the Lord, give to others in need in private as my heavenly Father will reward me.  When I moved from HI to FL I gave away pretty much everything I had. I brought my car, clothes, laptop, and a few little things. I just asked around if anyone had a need and had them haul it all away. People asked me why I didn’t have a garage sale or sell stuff on Craigslist. I just wanted to get rid of it all as God was calling me elsewhere and I knew that He would meet my future needs. I feel a little weird telling you this now, but this is about lessons learned and what I did learn is that I don’t need all the “stuff” I had. I can even get by with less than what I brought with me. I think in actuality, I could live with whatever I could fit in my car and if I didn’t have a car, I could get by without that too – it’s just a blessing I still have something – God knows our needs.

How appropriate this scripture comes at this time. This morning I read an article about several public schools in our district who are seeking warm clothing for kids who are coming to school in tee shirts, shorts, wrapped in blankets, or other thin clothing. Some just don’t go to school because they couldn’t walk in the unusual cold that has swept our state and many of the student populations in the schools noted are homeless and/or in poor economic neighborhoods where parents are not able to buy warm weather clothing. This is a call to action for what excess we may have – jackets, sweatshirts, gloves.

Sometimes we need to go through the process of having little, in order to appreciate the abundance, and then go back to the bare minimum.  As the old saying goes, we can’t take it with us.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for the blessings and provisions in my life. I have more than enough. I thank you that I can share your blessings with others. I pray that you show me those who I may help and even if it seems like a stretch, that person may need it more than I, and it’s not for me to question you, but for me to be obedient to your direction by the Holy Spirit that dwells in me.

Lord help me to know and do your will. Guide me, teach me, mold me and make me into the person that you need to continue to further your kingdom. Amen ###

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