GIVING ON PURPOSE
It was one of those days that had been long and stressful without any relief from the pressure of responsibility. I remember lifting my head up from the work that was on my desk and noticed that it was 15 minutes past 7. As I flung the church door open, there was a young couple standing there with grief and despair written on their faces. My mind was thinking about home. Supper was most likely on the table, and these people probably just wanted something from the church. Sure enough, as we began to talk about their situation, they were new to the area and needed some money for groceries. The staff had already gone home, so I was the only one that could meet their need. To my shame, I considered this an inconvenience and had no desire to give this couple anything…
A long time ago, there was a king that had created the greatest kingdom ever to be established. This king had a son that faired sumptuously every day and had need of nothing. The king’s son had a daily routine. He would walk out on his balcony and look down at the people that were outside their gates. As this young son looked down toward the people, he saw that his father made sure that everyone was given enough provision. Years went by and the son followed through with his same routine each day. He noticed his father would provide their needs, and they would still end up cursing him. The more the king would give to his people, the more they would complain. The king set up laws for them to follow but they broke those laws without any remorse. Because the wickedness and debauchery of the people was so bad, the king was going to be forced to bring judgment on them. One day, the king went to his son and said, “the time has come.” Without hesitation, Jesus Christ left his throne and died on the cross of Calvary for all mankind. Even though we did not love God, He still loved us. Oh yes sir, enough to give His only son to die for our sin. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Giving on purpose will never be an easy task for anyone, and make no mistake, it will be a sacrifice to give. None of us can imagine where we would be if God had not given His son to die for our sin on purpose.
Not a moment goes by that I do not thank God that He convicted my heart concerning this young couple. We went down to the grocery store and purchased this young family some food. On that Sunday morning, there was that couple, sitting on the second to last pew waiting for God to speak to their heart. Invitation was given, and that young lady came to the alter and received Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour. When we are willing to give on purpose there is no telling what God will do for us. As church members, we have an obligation to give to the Lord. The church is commanded to tithe to God. We should not feel like we are forced to give when we know what Jesus Christ gave. Does it make sense to any church member that Christ gave himself, and sometimes we are not willing to give of ourselves? Some of us give, but we consider it an inconvenience. II Corinthians 9:7 says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” Is salvation, a home in heaven, or an eternity spent with the Saviour, enough for us to give on purpose?
It also says in Matthew 10:8 “freely ye have received, freely give.” Salvation is something that we have been given by God. The church was established to take this same salvation that we have received individually from God, and freely give it to every person. The truth of God’s word has been freely given to us. As a church, we have an opportunity to proclaim this great truth of the Bible to the lost world we live in. Finally, let us not forget that this act of giving to God is a direct reflection of our total dependence on Him. If the church truly has their faith rooted and grounded in God, then let us be a church that gives to our King on purpose.