In recent dialogue with some friends, the discussion included publicity we had seen inviting people to consider willing some of their estate to a noble cause. This is quite common. Over the years, ministries in World Outreach International have been greatly blessed from such bequests. However, as one of my friends said, “Wouldn’t it be even nicer to share some of what we have been blessed with now, when we are alive, not just after we are gone?”
The Bible clearly states (Mark 10:17-30) that God’s blessing is very much on those who give and sacrifice for him in this life. My wife and I, and others we know, have had numerous opportunities to give gladly and generously toward different mission needs, and later learn what a wonderful difference for good the gifts have made. As the word of God states, it surely is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
Our God is a giver (John 3:16). It’s his nature. We believers need to remember that his giving nature is within us too. With this thought in mind, I’m reminded of a dear long-time ministry mentor of ours who says, “When you give because you can’t help it, you will receive because you can’t stop it.” We will never outgive God, while at the same time, God can’t help himself in blessing us in the here and now.
In Matthew 6:21, Jesus says, “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” Our hearts and treasures will always go hand in hand. Where you find one, you will find the other. Our desires and interests (our heart) will always point in the direction of our values (our treasure). We will give our life, our time, our talents, and our energies to that which is precious to us. Let us not pray for a generous heart; rather let us practice being generous today, and our hearts will follow.
May the demonstration of God’s love and the expansion of his kingdom here on earth stir us to action. Let’s get the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard his wonderful name! This is God’s mandate to each of us, and it’s also the reason World Outreach International exists. Today, we welcome your practical partnership in this wonderful cause.
By John Elliott