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It is wrong that after we have encouraged believers to give in Church we also don’t encourage them to give to the poor! I feel very bad when we do not hear any teaching as regards to helping the less privileged for a complete year in our Churches and yet we talk about love!
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I am a strong advocate of giving offering in Church and being a financial partner of the local assembly you belong to. A friend of mine argued sometime ago that we shouldn’t give offering but support. Whichever name you want to call it, I advocate that giving be made in Church and I also advocate that we honor those who teach us the word with our substances. But I am not going to dwell on that because we hear it everyday.
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It becomes a problem when we think giving in Church or to Pastors is more important than giving to the less privileged and our neighbors in their times of need. None is more important than the other! A preacher that would always encourage you to give in Church but never ever ask you to give to the less privileged isn’t teaching you the wholesome truth! Let me thrill you a little…. Giving in Church isn’t an expression of love, it is an obligation as a member of that local assembly! But when you give to the less privileged, you are expressing love! I am not saying that we don’t give in church with love in our hearts but this love is rightly expressed when we give to the needy.
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I would like us to patiently read and meditate on this evergreen words of our lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:35-46
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“…Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
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First, we do know that we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ and we are sure than when we believed, we received a new Spirit! In this Spirit of ours which is born again, we have love in abundance. There is nothing we do in Christianity that is more important than love. If you spend your entire time loving, you have truly lived for God! We ought to be famous for the display of love. Jesus wasn’t talking about those who gave in Church and those who didn’t! He was talking about those who gave to the needy. By taking care of the needy, we are taking care of Jesus. How? We are fulfilling His ultimate purpose. Those who aren’t saved can’t love and let me authoritatively say that there is eternal reward for every believer who is a humanitarian for the sake of the love of God in him or her.
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We pay tithes, sow seeds, give partnerships and give to our Pastors! We believe and pray for bountiful harvest of the things we have done in faith but after these things a lot of us ignore another important thing we ought to do… We ignore those young men and women who need fund to realize their dreams! We see church members whose children no longer attend school and we overlook them, we see church members who aren’t feeding well and some even accuse them for being responsible for their poor state because they have “poverty mentality”.
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You’re a hypocrite and a religious beast if you’re a great giver in church events but very less helpful to the poor ones around. Jesus said there will always be the poor among us and He never said that is the reason we should ignore them. When there is a poor one among you, it is an opportunity to express God’s love! Allow God to express His love through you to these ones who are less privileged. We argue a lot about giving but even many of those who are for or against giving in church are stingy towards the poor!
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People die of diseases and yet they belong to a church where there are so many rich men! The churches are busy raising funds to complete buildings while a lot of the poor ones around need assistance! Why are we even becoming afraid by the day to talk about these things? Why are we seeing those who talk much on helping the poor even as we give in church as Antichrists? Why is it that anytime someone gets up and passionately talk against the way some Christians often neglect the poor while giving millions in Church we become hostile to that person? Why are we even becoming afraid to speak against materialism that has been prevalent in so many congregations? Can’t you see something is very wrong! Something is very wrong with the way we have redefined Christianity to mean what it is not!
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The bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 AMPC
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“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].”
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When God’s blessings of finance manifest over our lives, He expects us not to just have money to ourselves. He expects that we use our material things to express his love to those who doesn’t have. Now, He blesses us with every grace, every favour and earthly blessings in abundance for the purpose of every good work and charitable donations! Charity is God’s heartbeat! When you are generous, you are scattering what you have abroad! This means you’re spreading the resources God has given to you and your deeds of justice, goodness, kindness and benevolence endures forever! In this way, you’re asking God to trust you with more! He goes ahead to provide and multiply your resources so that you keep giving and you see the fruit of God’s righteousness in you increasing!
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Be intentional about helping the poor! I don’t mean handing them few notes… I mean taking them off the streets, taking them off those hospitals and roads where they are stuck and giving their lives meaning through what God has blessed you with!
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Finally, let me say this.
When you give for the sake of ministry as in Church partnerships, offerings, stewardship and whatever term your church use for it, you are expressing your love for God and the finished work of Jesus on the cross, you are reaffirming your commitment to the mandate of Jesus and you are expressing your trust in God for more supply! These things happen when you give with the correct mindset. And when you give to the poor, you’re making them experiencing the love of God.
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Blessings.
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#GracefulGeorge

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