Preacher: Elder Joseph Kamau Githiri
Message: Giving
Readings: 1 Chronicles 29: 3-5, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
 The Bible teaches us that we are to give willingly and cheerfully.
 At times we give as if we are compelled to give.
 We should give from a spirit of worship and generosity.
 God told Moses to tell the Israelite in Exodus 25:2 that he should only accept offerings from those whose hearts were moved to offer them meaning those that were willing to give.
 When you bring your sacrifice and offering before the Lord without a spirit of generosity you do not receive his blessings.
 Each one should give what he has decided to give in his heart for God loves a cheerful giver 2 Corinthians 9:6-7.
 At times we give without being decided in our hearts.
There are times when we get late for church service as we look for change to get coins to give as offering .
We should not give out of compulsion but should do so freely.
God was not pleased with what Cain gave to him because Cain was not decided on what to give to the Lord.
 Cain took what was left from his harvest to God as his sacrifice and his sacrifice was not accepted.
 A young rich man in Biblical times asked Jesus what he should do to inherit the kingdom of God. When Jesus told him the requirements of the law, the man said he had been observing them.
 Jesus told him to go and sell his possessions and give to the poor the proceeds and follow Jesus. The young rich man changed when he heard that because he was not decided in his heart.
 From the first reading, king David wanted to build the house of God. He donated 112 tonnes of gold, 262 tonnes of silver in addition to the materials he had given to build the house of God. He did so because he had decided, was willing and had the spirit of generosity in giving .

 Mary, a friend of….

Mary, a friend of Jesus in the Bible; anointed Jesus with a very expensive perfume whose cost was equivalent to the salary of a labourer of one year. She was a simple lady and what she gave would be equivalent to more than Kshs. 200,000/= today.
 When we fuel our cars, we give instructions to the attendants based on the amount of fuel we have decided we require for our cars.
 I have observed in most offerings, the 50 shilling notes are more as compared to other types of higher notes.
 On the contrary when we give our friends a treat we do it very generously.
 God measures what you give by what is left not by what you give.
 The story of the woman in the Bible who gave two coins which was all that she had thus demonstrating her generosity.
 Generous giving is a mark of our spiritual maturity, 2 Corinthians 8:24.
Our verbal testimony is not enough, our giving is the greatest testimony of our faith.
 Giving perfects our faith and when we give we plant seeds.
 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, you will reap what you sow. If you plant 100 acres and another person plants quarter of an acre, your harvests will be different as it depends on quantity planted.
 Poverty follows those who do not know or understand how to give.
Giving is like a master key which can open any and every door.
 The secret is knowing and understanding whether you have the master key, which can open more doors and enable you to supply to others .
 Don’t eat the seed.

When I was growing up……

When I was growing up I would see my mum separate seed potatoes from other potatoes and would keep them separate from other potatoes in a rotten state to ensure that even in worst case scenario we would not eat the seeds.
If you eat your seed, you cannot be able to plant and thus you have nothing to harvest and thus you would be followed by poverty.
Lets therefore plant the seeds based on our decision of what to give with a spirit of willingness and generosity .
 In the first reading, King David asked whether there were people moved by God to give and they responded and gave generously .
 Let our sacrifices and offerings to God be those that have value. Today if you gave a child a shilling, the child may laugh at you because a single shilling does not have much value.
Let us give to God what has value.

1 Chronicles 29:3-5

Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: three thousand talents[a] of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents[b] of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?”

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Generosity Encouraged

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”[a]

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

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