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Giving to others

I recently read in Matthew 15 in The Bible about how Jesus multiplied the few small fish and the seven loaves of bread to feed thousands of people (4 thousand men, and the women and children weren’t counted). Jesus gave thanks for the little that they had and what happened? Everyone ate and was filled. There was a lot left over. It is wonderful that the more we focus on doing things for the Lord and less on our own lives, the more He provides our needs and gives us more than we need.
I also love this verse:
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:2-4
Too many times people gloat about what they did for someone and they think of ways to please others so that their pride can puff up and that they will receive a pat on the back by their peers. I love the idea that when we give we should be quiet about it and just do it so that we don’t realize even what we have done for someone who needs things.
Usually we should put thought into our choices but when we give to people who are in need. . .it seems like we shouldn’t think at all. We should be so concerned all the time about doing things for everyone else that somehow our own needs will be provided for by Jesus because of that. I really want to encourage us to try to focus less on us and more on Jesus especially because Christmas just came around where we were all getting gifts and giving gifts. . .we should make sure we continue to give gifts for God’s sake.
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A real New Jersey housewife. haha. (and I sweat a lot so that explains why I am wearing a sleeveless shirt. I was always a tank top all-year-round type of person.) This was me cooking dinner on Christmas Eve.
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9 thoughts on “Giving to others

  1. Thanks for posting this passage and your thoughts. I have so many thoughts going through my brain right now, let's see if I can boil them all down.1) The Lord's Provision and what we should do in response:So Elliott's job is a missionary position, albeit in the United States. He still has to raise his support like a missionary and it has been a learning and growing experience for us. Recently, his organization told him he needed to get to 90% support or he would have to look for a new job; he was at 30%. By the Lord's amazing work and by Elliott's obedience to his job and call, he came to full support in a week and a half. Some people really truly sacrificed for us without thinking, reminding us that "It's God's money" anyways. It got me thinking more about what it's like to live as a missionary, reliant on our Christian brothers and sisters. We live literally on God's money. It's such a reminder that everything we receive in this world is not our own, but God's. It all belongs to God and we should be willing and ready to give as much as God asks of us. Elliott's response was humbling: whereas my first thought went to saving more money, his first thought was, "Who else can WE give to?" In addition to tithing, if the Lord blesses us, we should definitely challenge one another to give even more to another Godly cause. Yes, it will be difficult and yes, we will probably have to live without every luxury we want, but it's definitely something to pray about and ask God to open our hearts to.2) Tithing – I also think that it is important for Christians to practice tithing as a true act of worship. We sing worship songs about giving our all to Jesus, and yet sometimes it's very difficult to part with our money. Yes, the secular people in the world will have more saved than us, but we are acting on faith. It's such a blessing to give, to not know where the provision will come from, and then to see God act in miraculous–truly miraculous–ways. And you know what? God doesn't need our money. He doesn't. WE need to give up our money for our own sakes. We are not of this world.3) Giving to others– if anyone reading your blog is considering giving to those in need, I would also challenge them to think, what do those in need really want? Sometimes it's easy for us to think, "Oh, that homeless man on the street, what will he want? I'll give him a coat," instead of asking him first. I learned this the hard way, when we bought our homeless friend John a coffee thermos and some instant coffee from Starbucks. Though he was grateful, he said he couldn't take it because it would get stolen. Instead of asking John what he could really use, we just thought any gift would be helpful to him…and that's just not true. Perhaps he could have used the money we spent on new shoes or just a more nutritious meal. That moment really humbled me as well.Thanks for sharing, friend!!

  2. This is so true. It's also a really hard thing to do, so it's great that you brought it up. People naturally want to be praised, want acknowledgment, so doing things for none of that peer-praise is truly selfless. Thank you.

  3. This coming year, I definitely plan/hope to devote my free time to helping others – and not being show-offy about it. Yes, I think it would make me feel better to help others, but I don't want to tell everyone about it and brag. I want to do it in hopes of making small changes around me.

  4. Rachel – oh wow see how wonderful Jesus is!! That's so great that you shared all that with me on my comments here so that perhaps others can read it and see how God has helped you. I agree with you on all things mentioned! I remember the days when my family had to go to the pantry and how hard that was for my mom and I would go with her. People gave us canned food as if people LIKED to live off of those things, without thinking about what she cooked regularly or what allergies of foods the family was concerned with or liked!! I think often times people just give the worst things or things people don't really need, as if they are going to be happy with the trash. . .so I now often think "what does the person really NEED!" and ask them what they like instead of just doing it. My church gives gift cards to shopping places while offering the pantry as well. I think that's excellent to do.Allsion – no problem. I hope that we can all challenge ourselves to do more for others regularly.(a)Allison R. – Thanks for the award but I don't think I am going to tag people or anything or fill it out right now. I think that is very nice though that you gave me an award!

  5. Rachel – oh wow see how wonderful Jesus is!! That's so great that you shared all that with me on my comments here so that perhaps others can read it and see how God has helped you. I agree with you on all things mentioned! I remember the days when my family had to go to the pantry and how hard that was for my mom and I would go with her. People gave us canned food as if people LIKED to live off of those things, without thinking about what she cooked regularly or what allergies of foods the family was concerned with or liked!! I think often times people just give the worst things or things people don't really need, as if they are going to be happy with the trash. . .so I now often think "what does the person really NEED!" and ask them what they like instead of just doing it. My church gives gift cards to shopping places while offering the pantry as well. I think that's excellent to do.Allsion – no problem. I hope that we can all challenge ourselves to do more for others regularly.(a)Allison R. – Thanks for the award but I don't think I am going to tag people or anything or fill it out right now. I think that is very nice though that you gave me an award!

  6. This is so true. It's also a really hard thing to do, so it's great that you brought it up. People naturally want to be praised, want acknowledgment, so doing things for none of that peer-praise is truly selfless. Thank you.

  7. Thanks for posting this passage and your thoughts. I have so many thoughts going through my brain right now, let's see if I can boil them all down.1) The Lord's Provision and what we should do in response:So Elliott's job is a missionary position, albeit in the United States. He still has to raise his support like a missionary and it has been a learning and growing experience for us. Recently, his organization told him he needed to get to 90% support or he would have to look for a new job; he was at 30%. By the Lord's amazing work and by Elliott's obedience to his job and call, he came to full support in a week and a half. Some people really truly sacrificed for us without thinking, reminding us that "It's God's money" anyways. It got me thinking more about what it's like to live as a missionary, reliant on our Christian brothers and sisters. We live literally on God's money. It's such a reminder that everything we receive in this world is not our own, but God's. It all belongs to God and we should be willing and ready to give as much as God asks of us. Elliott's response was humbling: whereas my first thought went to saving more money, his first thought was, "Who else can WE give to?" In addition to tithing, if the Lord blesses us, we should definitely challenge one another to give even more to another Godly cause. Yes, it will be difficult and yes, we will probably have to live without every luxury we want, but it's definitely something to pray about and ask God to open our hearts to.2) Tithing – I also think that it is important for Christians to practice tithing as a true act of worship. We sing worship songs about giving our all to Jesus, and yet sometimes it's very difficult to part with our money. Yes, the secular people in the world will have more saved than us, but we are acting on faith. It's such a blessing to give, to not know where the provision will come from, and then to see God act in miraculous–truly miraculous–ways. And you know what? God doesn't need our money. He doesn't. WE need to give up our money for our own sakes. We are not of this world.3) Giving to others– if anyone reading your blog is considering giving to those in need, I would also challenge them to think, what do those in need really want? Sometimes it's easy for us to think, "Oh, that homeless man on the street, what will he want? I'll give him a coat," instead of asking him first. I learned this the hard way, when we bought our homeless friend John a coffee thermos and some instant coffee from Starbucks. Though he was grateful, he said he couldn't take it because it would get stolen. Instead of asking John what he could really use, we just thought any gift would be helpful to him…and that's just not true. Perhaps he could have used the money we spent on new shoes or just a more nutritious meal. That moment really humbled me as well.Thanks for sharing, friend!!

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