November 10 – Motivational Gifts #5 – Giving

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.” Luke 6:38a

Giving can consist of material things, of money, of spiritual things or even of one’s time and life. Those with a special God-given gift of GIVING often have the ability to make money and have money to give. They are the ARMS of the body and willing to bear up others in loving, giving support.

Matthew was a tax collector, gifted in the handling of money. Parables and stories in his Gospel give emphasis on the management of money. He is the only one to record Jesus’ parable of the servant who was forgiven a large debt who would not forgive his fellow servant of a small amount. Also, Matthew was among the few who held a great feast for Jesus in his home.

A giver is a good steward of his resources and generally lives modestly and works hard in order to have more to give. He brings fiscal accountability to the body and is a blessing through his giving.

If this is a picture of you, be careful not to put undue pressure on others to measure up to what God has gifted in you. Also, do not allow preoccupation with money to distract you from your personal relationship with God. Remember, Jesus said it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. (See Matthew 19:24.)

PRAY: “Generous Lord, thank You for Your provision and the abilities You have given. Let my heart motivations be pure in all that I do and say today. You are everything to me. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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