Giving is like seed sowing: When the best seed is sown, a good and bumper harvest is assured, all things being equal, and vice versa. There is this old saying that I read, not so long ago, on the back of a taxi cab, and I quote, “A giver never lack”. If this saying is acclaimed true, and a measure of success is the amount of material ‘stuffs’ one has, then I dare say that a successful man is a giver (Solomon is a sure example – 1 kings 8:62-64). But, let me hasten to add that a true giver is not the one who waits till there is abundance, but rather the one who, with so much joy, gives in his little. All our extended hand of generosity has to be our heart talking, not as a form of obligation whose execution is motivated by the end result -‘never lacking’. The story of Cain and Abel will serve a good reference here. Abel gave out of his best, but Cain, out of his surplus. Abel caught the heart of God with his offering and God smiled at him, all because his offering was pleasing and came from his heart. Sadly enough, that sparked an emotion of hatred and envy in Cain. Let us endeavor to give God our best lest we willingly offer ourselves to the devil to talk/plot evil of those who have landed the favor of God through their act of offering their best unto Him. We give out of our best. Bottom-line! This is evident in God’s act of love through giving to mankind. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Emphasis on ‘only’, because it is His only begotten son – that is all He has. If God gave off His best to reconcile you with Him, then asking you to also give off your best to reciprocate that is an understatement. We ought to do more for God. Remember, when Jesus and His disciples sat near the collection box in the temple and watched the people dropped in their monies, He told the disciples how God does his calculations to tell who gives more. And the Disciples of Christ were amazed to hear him say this, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, as poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”  I am sure you are thinking that is actually an act of folly. But surprisingly, that is true giving. God’s calculation of ‘more than’ is not by the sum, but rather by the fraction of the whole from which you have given. Have you come across Hebrew 13:2? It says, “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” Can you pause for a moment and imagine the blessing that will flood your way for being amiably hospitable to an angel of the Lord? For giving cover to His messengers, He spared a prostitute from destruction. Waiting till you get enough to give ends one most of the time not giving, simply because the desire of man for money and material things is insatiable. My brother and my sister in the Lord, Give God your best today, and be rest assured that He will also provide you His best and the rest. Amen!


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