The Dividends of Giving

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What Jesus did for God, impressed Him so much to the extent that God also did something of eternal glory for Jesus, in that, God empowered and raised Jesus’ name even above His own name! For instance, we do not rebuke or bind Satan in God’s name but in Jesus’ name. We do not cast out demon in God’s name but in Jesus’ name! When you give, you will receive. Life is a game of give and take.

Dividends Of Giving

Abraham’s generosity: Genesis 18: 2-5, 17-21

Father Abraham “Lifted up his eyes and behold he saw three men”, He ran from the tent door to meet them…….” He said to them:
My Lord, if I have now found favour in your sight, do not pass on by your servant. Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, and I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts…( Gen 18:2- 8).

You know the rest of the story, how he entertained the strangers who turned out to be Angels! It was after the entertainment that the Angels pronounced Sarah healed of her sterility and declared she would be with a child the following year!
The promise of God and the long expectation of Abraham to have a child of his own did not come to reality until he performed a simple act of generosity!
Abraham’s action of charity – " giving", produced the reaction of a pronouncement of blessing of the long expected child from the well-fed and well-refreshed Angels! Who says there is no dividend in giving?
The widow of Zarephath 1 Kings 17:10 -14
After the context at mount camel and the supremacy of light over darkness, Elijah was afraid of Jezebel and fled for his dear life. He, at the command of God went to Zarephath where he met a widow gathering sticks at the gate of the city. And he called to her, and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink”. And as she was going to get it he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand”. The widow replied, “As the Lord lives, I do not have bread only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it myself and my son, that we may eat it and die”.
But the man of God, Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; afterwards make some for yourself and your son”.
“For thus says the Lord God of Israel: “The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth”.

It will interest you to know that the poor Widow obeyed Elijah, the man of God. How many people in this generation will carry out such an instruction from his Pastor or Vicar? This generation has little or no regards for God!
You know the rest of the story, of course, the woman was blessed, she became a celebrant who celebrates on a daily basis!
2 Chronicles 20:20 says, "Believe in the LORD your God, so shall you be established; believe his prophet, so shall you proper".Who says there is no dividend in giving?

The Shunamite Woman 2 Kings 4:8-17
The bible narrates the story of the shunamite woman:
“Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem where there was a notable woman and she persuades him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by he would turn in there to eat some food.
And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a Holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and chair and a lamp stand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.” This woman recognized Elisha as a man of God. No doubt, she was a God-fearing woman. She treated him with respect and dignity. She showed him hospitality without the man of God asking, she persuaded her husband to provide everything she thought was necessary for the comfort of the man of God. This woman that was attending to the need of the man of God, had her own problems. Though she was very wealthy but she had no issue.

She was considered barren. She probably had lost all hope. She was no longer thinking of her childlessness anymore, she had accepted her fate. Consider her response when the Man of God said to her, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son” And she said, “No, my Lord, do not lie to your maidservant”
Her response here as I have said earlier shows that she has accepted her fate. The bible says “But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her”. . Who says there is no dividend in giving?

King Solomon

King Solomon was the second child of David by Bathsheba. His name Solomon “Peaceful” was given in accordance with the early prophecy that, because of wars, David should not build Jehovah’s house, but that a son should be born to him, “a man of rest” who should build it. His birth was to David a pledge that God is at peace with him. God chose Solomon of all David’s sons to be his successor, and promised to be his father, and to establish his kingdom for ever, if he were constant to His commandments
Accordingly, David swore to Bathsheba that his son Solomon should succeed him. After Solomon had successfully ascended the throne of his father David, he gathered the people of Israel together and went to the house of God at Gibeon, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the desert. Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the Tent of Meeting and offered a thousand burnt offering on it.

There was no record where a worshipper offered 200 burnt offering to God at once. But Solomon offered 1,000 burnt offering at one worship! He did what others had not done before. He gave to God what others had never given before and he got from God the result and answer that others had never received before – that very night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you!”
Solomon gave to God generously and he received from God generously. This shows that Luke 6:38 is true, that says
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your lap. For with the same measure that you measure it shall be measured to you again".

This type of giving of Solomon, is what Pastor Adeboye in one of his books called “Giving that attracted the Heavens”. King Solomon’s offering attracted God, and God was moved by the magnitude of Solomon’s generosity. And because God was not unmindful of Solomon’s act of generosity, God blessed him stupendously.

Our Lord Jesus Phil 2:5-11
Apostle Paul here in this passage introduced Jesus as someone to be emulated in humility:
Phil 2:5-11: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross".

Because of the humility and obedience of Jesus, that led to the surrendering of himself and willingly died on the cross in order to set mankind free, God in appreciation decided to honour Jesus:
"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christi is Lord, to the glory of God the Father".

What can we deduce from this episode? Jesus solved God’s problem! Yes, God’s problem! The problem of God was the salvation of the world. How to redeem mankind from the cluthes of the devil. He needed someone – a sinless soul as a sacrifice. He can not command it. It has to be a willing offering. Not a matter of compulsion. The would-be object of sacrifice must be holy, sinless, to crown it all, he must not be forced; he must volunteer himself willingly. No one in heaven was willing to go on this dangerous mission.

The council of heaven were summoned, but no one was willing to pay the ultimate price in order to set the world free. But the Lion of the tribe of Judah the Prince of peace rose up, and announced his willingness to go on that dangerous mission! He knew what the package of the mission contained: Hunger, thirst, betrayal, persecution, beating, carrying of cross, wearing a crowd of thorns, and finally nailing to the cross and dying the most cruel and shameful death meant only for hardened criminals! He gave Himself as a ransom for all.

What Jesus did for God, impressed Him so much to the extent that God also did something of eternal glory for Jesus, in that, God empowered and raised Jesus’ name even above His own name! We do not rebuke or bind Satan in God’s name but in Jesus’ name. We do not cast out demon in God’s name but in Jesus’ name!

At the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the father.
That is the reward Jesus got for giving Himself. Who says there is no dividend in giving?

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I am Venerable Ebenezer Onipede an Anglican Priest in Lagos Diocese; a gifted writer and a motivational speaker, I have written some books, which I have published and am here to work with wikinut

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