Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Giving is Supernatural

Giving is Supernatural!

As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News... No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
(Phil 4:15-19 NLT)

We know that if anything is “well pleasing” to God it has to be faith orientated. True giving is a faith enterprise, something which God is always on the other side of, so long as faith is involved. This is why giving opens up the way, because it requires faith that essentially pleases God. Giving is more spiritual than we give it credit for and partnering with a ministry is a God plan which measures your giving against your own account. It’s more about you – the giver – than the gift. Although you are assisting that ministry you are also assisting yourself. That may sound selfish, but it isn’t because if done God’s way your giving can only better position you to be more effective in the lives of others.

Clearly partnership is spiritual and supernatural and permits events to take place in your life that would otherwise not happen. Let’s take a closer look...

For this we will go to 1 Kings, chapter 10, where Solomon asked God for a very unselfish thing, wisdom, so that he could be a good king. Not only did God give him what he asked for, but He also gave him what he didn't ask for and made him exceedingly rich. Enough to have everything made of gold (in fact silver was completely disregarded! See verse 21). His fame and notoriety grew, with curiosity reaching new heights when it brought the Queen of Sheba from afar to see matters for herself.

However it’s not so much what she found than what she actually did, because she came bearing significant gifts... and I believe that it was her giving that brought her into the presence of greatness, NOT her status, charm or mere arrival! King Solomon was not in need of her gifts; in fact scripture described him as the wisest man on the face of the planet at that time, who lacked nothing.

"And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not anything hid from the king, which he told her not" (1 Kings 10:1-3).

According to verses 4 and 5 she was left breathless by what she discovered in Solomon's kingdom! But why was she singled out? What gave her position or favour above others who sought the same access? All other kings and people of notoriety in the world at that time also sought Solomon’s attention. Everyone was competing for his time so they could get his wisdom, counsel and blessing. Yet she was the one who got priority, spending ample time with King Solomon who answered all of her questions and more. Was her gift needed amongst such opulence? Of course not, yet her gifts opened up the way (notice for her not for him) as she was the one who benefited the most. Solomon was already blessed beyond measure, rather it was her needs that were met and not his. It was not about him but about her.

The Queen of Sheba gave lots of gold (at today's equivalent worth would approximately be about $44,000,000) not including the unprecedented stores of spice and precious stones. When handsome looks, status, skill, talent, or ability could not put her at the front of the queue her giving did. (It is a fact that most people want to TAKE from rich people... but she GAVE.) It was not necessary in terms of need... because that’s one thing Solomon did not have! But in terms of positioning it was essential. Giving is supernatural (spiritual) and causes a supernatural response, and positions us where God wants us to be... once we recognise this, we have a whole different view on it.

As we can see here... she certainly gained from the whole experience! "...King Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty" (1 Kings 10:13). And you can be certain that his gift was greater than hers! The reality is this: her blessing opened the door to greater blessing.

Just think it must have been a very costly exercise in terms of people power, time and overall expense just to transport this entire gift to Jerusalem (hundreds of camels and people were doubtlessly deployed in its management) and she was probably greatly misunderstood by those looking on. For example, “Why not give all that wealth to the poor who really needed it instead of giving it to the richest man on earth with no needs?” She certainly would not have been able to keep her giving a secret as it was probably such a logistical nightmare that everyone would have known! However this Queen understood a very important principle that applies to the support of Ministries today. Giving does not just involve the needs of others, but yours too.

King Solomon didn't have any need for further riches than he already had – the need was entirely HER’S. She was the one who needed his wisdom and counsel – giving only opened up the way for her needs to be met. It’s almost certain that she would have left Jerusalem more richly loaded than when she arrived – along with the wisdom she so earnestly sought. Equipping her to help more people on her return and making her more effective as a queen to rule her own people.

The way of the Kingdom is upside down to the things of this world. But if we dare discover Kingdom principles and activate them first, all our needs (and eventually those around us) shall be met. Amen!

Giving into a ministry such as this not only helps those who are already being assisted by this ministry but also creates a supernatural flow into your own finances. Not to mention the impartation of anointing to be received as you connect with the blessing that's on a particular minister's life, such as mine. It’s the law of reciprocation and God fully intended for it to work that way. False humility says “But I don’t give to GET...” this thinking will rob you of any blessing God has pre-arranged for you when you give.

Desiring spiritual gifts is a directive straight from scripture, so you must not feel bad about wanting what you see in other minister’s lives. Supporting ministries creates inroads into your life and an opportunity for God to bless you more richly than you could ever give – as the queen of Sheba discovered.

Father thank you that giving opens the door to the supernatural – especially when I give by faith. Miracles do happen when I trust You with my giving. Therefore I give thanks for every gift that I have given, every act of generosity that You have been able to work through; not only to minister to the lives of others but also to me. So I continue in this simple ministry of giving and allow the spirit of generosity to influence me daily! Amen

Today I give not only where the “needs” dictate but where the Spirit leads. I trust that when I give this way, inroads can be made by Your Spirit, to benefit Your Kingdom, bring glory to Your name and witness to the lost. True giving is faith inspired. TODAY I am a giver in Jesus mighty name.


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