We continue our discourse on Giving:
* Brethren in Philippi were generous, sending gifts to Apostle Paul often, though they sometimes ‘lacked opportunity’. Their giving was ‘a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God’. Understanding that fruit abounds to the store of treasure in the giver’s heavenly account, to be drawn as required, Paul proclaimed: “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’ Phil.4:10-19.
Our gifts are seeds, multiplied to increase our fruitfulness. To bear bounteous fruit, produce ‘much grain’, a seed must fall into the ground and die Jn.12:24. What does this mean? The giver must disconnect from his gift, allow God, the One who decreed that ‘While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest… shall not cease’ Gen.8:22, give flesh to His seed. Just as the farmer sows seed, trusts in the agricultural principal, knows not how the fruit multiplies, and at harvest, puts in the sickle.
* The rich man considered that he had done all to be worthy of the Kingdom of God. But in the eyes of the Master, unless he is willing to give all his riches to the poor, not rely on his accumulated wealth for sustenance, he falls short Mt.19:16-22.
God supplies grace to give freely, with a worship mentality, not grudgingly, not out of necessity, and definitely not to coerce Him into being generous! All things are available for you in the Spirit realm Eph.1:3, by the things you do, you position yourself to receive these things, following the established cycle of seedtime and harvest.
* Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army by whose hand the Lord had given many victories, but this mighty man of valour was a leper. Having washed in the Jordan and had ‘his flesh restored’ like that of a child, he returned to Elisha bearing gifts. The prophet of God refused the gifts but his servant, Gehazi, out of greed, received some items and hid them. Elisha’s response: “Is it time to receive money and… clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen.,. ?” 2Kgs.5:26.
While at his duty post, Mordecai overheard two of Ahasuerus’ eunuchs discussing a plot to kill the king. He told his cousin Esther, who passed on the information to her husband the king. The matter was investigated, found to be true, the culprits were hanged, and the life of the king was saved. A record was kept, nothing was done to acknowledge or appreciate Mordecai. Meanwhile, set over all princes who sat with the king was Haman, descendant of the Agagite king Samuel had slain (Saul had kept him alive in disobedience to God), who desperately wanted to annihilate the Jews in the 120 provinces in Ahasuerus’ kingdom. His plan would have succeeded if the Lord had not intervened. The Lord of harvest, decided that the time had come for Mordecai to reap the fruit of saving the king”s life. He took away the king”s sleep the night before Haman”s plan to kill Mordecai would have been executed. Mordecai’s mode of honour was determined by his chief enemy Esther: Chapters 3-6.
Everything on earth, “every purpose under heaven” is ruled by time and season Eccl.3:1. We need be sensitive to hear what the Spirit of God is saying about giving and receiving. Elisha understood that receiving gifts from Naaman at the time of his offer was out of spiritual order. Mordecai did not complain that his ‘labour of love’ to save the king’s life was not appreciated. Had he been honoured earlier, the king would not have owed him. He received much more than he could ever have asked or imagined, in God’s time.
Understanding that every seed sown will bear fruit, that giving precedes receiving, give, not thinking you can put a time to receiving by yourself. Do not tie expectations from your giving to the wrong thing, place or time. Know that surely, the Lord of Harvest will bring the fruit of your seeds, in due season.