Written on October 16th, 2004 - 2:57AM Last Updated: December 11th, 2006 - 8:14PM
10He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:10-12)
Giving to God starts with a simple truth: everything that exists was made and is being held together through Him, His Word and His Spirit (Colossians 1:16-17), (Hebrews 1:2-3). Out of Him, through Him, and into Him are all things (Romans 11:36). It is in Him that we live, move, and exist (Acts 17:28). He certainly doesn't need anything from us in order to survive!
Giving to God inherently requires trust. First of all, trust that God exists. No one gives that which they own to an imaginary thing. Rather, they give to that which they know has an existence, whether it be their family, friends, retailer, etc.
When a person gives to God, they publicly profess trust in His existence. This is the first step to pleasing God (Hebrews 11:6).
The second step of faith, and thus of pleasing God, is to believe that Yahweh becomes a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. That phrase can also be rendered, "a payer of debt to those that constantly seek Him." The Creator has so designed the economy of His creation that He has obligated Himself to answer those who diligently look for Him; so much so, that it is considered a debt He must pay!
One can see how the very concept of giving to God begins with and ends with faith. It draws us into the covenant of believing both in and upon Yahweh.
We discern Yahweh through this teaching to be One Who is concerned with what exists.
All things serve a purpose, and as we come to understand those purposes and use them in light of His being Lord of all, we come to use them in the best way.
Knowing that He exists, we naturally want to know Him more. Through seeing that His heart holds as very dear the idea of giving, we come to see Him as generous and kind.
We also see that He wants a relationship with us, by asking us to honor His existence and His provision through this giving back to Him. He doesn't want us to become preoccupied with the things but rather allow them to draw us closer to Him, through giving.
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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10Now may he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; 11you being enriched in everything to all liberality, which works through us thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)