GIVE TO GOD WHAT BELONGS TO GOD. Matthew 12:17
God in his infinite wisdom and purpose for you and me desires to establish a meaningful and wonderful relationship with us. He starts this relationship with Abraham the Father Of Faith who He (God) calls his friend. The relationship with God is based and implemented in a mutual willingness to "give" all we have without measure. God was looking for a man that would give all he had (His firstborn in fact) without keeping him from God. Abraham was willing to offer his son to God. God did not allowed Abraham to harm the boy, instead God was looking to measure the willingness of Abraham (A Man) to give to God from his heart without holding back. God was just as willing to also GIVE his only begotten SON for our salvation. Although God did not allow harm to come to the son of Abraham, we did not returned the favor. Jesus the son of God was brutally beaten and crucified on the cross of Calvary for our salvation. GOD GAVE TO US WITHOUT MEASURE AND WITHOUT HOLDING BACK.
While God just like in the story of Abraham is not asking us to offer our firstborn as an offering to him, but he does established a way by which we can give to God and the purpose for that giving. He also established a process of retribution that comes back in the form of an abundance blessing from God to those that follow God's way of giving and give from the hearts.
LET'S FOLLOW THIS BIBLICAL MAP FOR GIVING
HOW TO GIVE:
"You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give" Exodus 25:2
"Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. Deuteronomy 16.17"
"On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper" 1 Corinthians 16:2
"Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first-fruits of all your increase Prov 3.9"
"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor 9.7"
Give out of love: And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 1 Cor 13.3
THE PURPOSE FOR GIVING:
"And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them" Exodus 25:8
THE BLESSING OF GIVING:
" Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it ". Malachi 3:10
"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you". Lk 6.38
How Do You Make a Difference?
In the context of the current flow of negativity and division where most will sigh when they realize the state of racial division and discrimination, it is a breath of fresh air to see faith based organizations come together to help and take care of our brothers and sisters of all races and tongues. That is the mission of GOOD DOERS NEW YORK a community ministry of New Church International. We want to excel in making connec- tions with individuals and organizations that sustain the same vision of taking care of those in need. Whole families, children, the elderly, they youth and of course moms and dads. We are continuously seeking good-hearted people with the means to support this ministry financially as your heart prompts you to give. What does it takes to make a difference in someone's life? It takes us, you and your financial support of any amount. As you give you will immediately make the difference.
Thank you for your support.