For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. 1 Corinthians 9:7-8
As I was waking up this morning, there was a tv evangelist on the channel I had left on from last night talking about sowing a seed into his ministry. I don't remember if he did an actual sermon on the show, but all I could remember is him saying over and over and over again for about 30 minutes "make a commitment to sow (an x amount of money) for the next 12 months and the Lord will bless you tremendously..." He just kept saying it! I think it irritate my roomie, because she rolled over to turn the tv off....lol! But it got me to thinking....I wonder if people really think that's all preachers want from people? The sad reality is, it is what many churches push on. Now don't get it twisted, I do believe if you sow you will reap, but I believe it doesn't ALWAYS have to be about money.
1 Corinthians 9 talks about giving, and the benefits of giving. Not one time did it mention money. Giving goes FAR beyond money. The misconception that many churches portray is that the only way you can sow a seed is through money. That is SO wrong! Many people are leery about going to church because they can't afford it! It saddens me that it has come to that, but it can be changed. Giving is multifaceted, and as unique as the person giving. The best way to find out what to sow or give is to ask God. He will not always tell you to give money. Especially if he knows your situation. Now, I know you're thinking, ok Jen, but it's him telling me to give an amount of money a test of my faith? Yes, it is, but he's also not going to put you in a bind. You're heart is what he sees when you give. When you can't give money, there are so many different things you can give. Volunteering with the church, helping the homeless, praying for a friend in distress, or encouraging a stranger just to name a few. He will always let you know what it is you should do, and it will ALWAYS be worth doing!
Let your giving be as beautiful as your reflection. Challenge for the day: help someone that you normally wouldn't, and do it with a smile. Then watch the blessing that follows.
I love ya'll!! Be blessed!
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