Giving is central to the Christian faith. The central theme of Christianity is the love of God for man expressed through the loving and sacrificial giving of His best for man to meet man’s need for redemption. God has always been alive to the needs of man and everything He did and does is centered on how to make man as happy and as comfortable as he was made to be. God never gave up on fallen man. He could not just sit and watch man go into eternal damnation without moving to stop it. The bible says in 2Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” For this purpose it is written in John 3: 16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
You see, when it came to you and I, God, being incapable of watching us tend towards self-destruct by our sins stepped in by sacrificing Himself, being incarnated in the person of Jesus Christ, becoming flesh. He humbled Himself to partake of flesh and blood so that through His death, according to Hebrews 2; 14, “he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”
What I am stressing is that God has given us His best so He can save us from our worst and I know that it is a righteous thing for us to also reciprocate by giving Him our best. God actually does not need your service or worship to exist. He does not need your gold and silver to buy clothes. He does not also need your cattle and fowls to be fed. He says in Psalms 50:11 “I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine” and in Ezekiel18:4, he goes ahead to say, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine…”
We actually belong to Him. We owe Him our lives. The bible says we live and move and have our being in Him. Giving our best to God is not what He should demand for, it is His right. Revelation 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” We are created for this purpose. He saved us so we can fulfil our purpose. Not giving Him our best is therefore a willful refusal of His gift. Salvation was not our right but he gave it to us. Our service to Him is His right; we must give it to Him.
What then does God expect man to Give Him?
- YOUR VERY LIFE. Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is where it starts. Everyone loves the savior part of Jesus. Everyone wants to be saved from sin, poverty, sickness, failure and so on but until you also accept Jesus as Lord- letting Him order the steps of your life, you cannot claim to be safe nor can you say that you have given God anything at all.
- SERVICE IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD. You must give the Lord the best of your service. It is written in Deuteronomy 10:12, “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul”. There is so much to do in the house of the Lord and there is always room for everyone to do something. Traditional but powerful service roles include, singing, ushering, sweeping and cleaning, visitation, evangelism, decorating etc., and today, the need for the media and security arms have created alternative open doors for service. Even if you do not fit into all these, you can be free to join any existing unit as you wait for God to drop a burden in your heart. In any way, you must ensure that you are available and useful in the house of God and that you are highly committed.
- SAVING OTHERS. Once a person becomes a believer, his topmost priority and duty is to get to bring others to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to continue what Christ came to do, that is, reconciling fallen man with God. You and I were fallen but God raised us up, reconciling us unto Himself through the ministry of others and now we are to do same for others. 2Corinthians 5:18- 19 says, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” In fact, reconciling men back to God is the best gift we could ever give to God. The bible says, in Luke 15:10, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” As God rejoiced over you and me on the day we got saved, He expects us to bring Him joy as we also bring others to Him.
- OUR SUBSTANCES. God demands us to give Him of our substances. In Exodus 35: 5, “Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass”.
In all, we must give to God our very best in love and gratitude for He promises in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Give Him your life and you will from Him receive long and abundant life. Give Him your service and He will make men you do not know to serve you also. Give Him rejoicing by winning souls and He will bless you with all that pertains to life and godliness. Give Him the best of your substances and he will bless you with surplus. Above all, a crown of glory awaits you in heaven.
Give God your best always and you will continue to advance in Jesus name.