Thanks for Giving

by APC on November 25, 2015

Last night during our mid-week church service, we had a good old-fashioned testimony service. These times are wonderful opportunities to share with others what God has done in our lives, is doing, or is going to do! The season of Thanksgiving gets everyone in the “thankful” spirit, and rightfully so.

When we stop and consider how thankful we are, we might also note why we are thankful. However, in relation to Thanksgiving, we have a tendency to forget one important aspect: thanks for giving. When was the last time we stopped to thank God for allowing us to give?

Scripture speaks expressly of giving (Acts 20:35) in addition to how we should give (II Corinthians 9:7). God even tells us that when we give it will be given back to us in a greater measure than what we gave (Luke 6:38). We are basically blessed for giving! We’re blessed whether we give directly to God or others and blessed regardless of the way we give (monetarily, time, resources, etc.).

Have you ever been in a situation when you couldn’t give? Maybe you weren’t financially able to give to specific offerings. Maybe you had a sickness in your body and didn’t have the strength to participate in a church workday or outreach effort. Maybe you neglected to heed God’s unction to give in some capacity and someone else stood in the gap, which robbed you of your opportunity to give.

When we’re faced in times where we’re unable to give for whatever reason and in whatever capacity, we are robbed of a potential blessing. There is a sense of spiritual fulfillment when you’re able to bless someone else in the Kingdom of God. If you don’t believe me, just try it!

While we’re commanded to give tithes to the Lord (Malachi 3:8–10), our offering is a sacrificial gift to God for blessing us. We’re saying “thank you”—our giving becomes a form worship! There is a tremendous blessing in worshipping the Lord; giving God the glory He rightly deserves. The blessings we receive from God from our worship are limitless: spiritual, financial, physical, emotional, etc. Some blessings are made evident to us and some we will never know until we make it to glory! We will experience all of this, and more, because we can give!

If we truly had full comprehension of the blessings manifested in our lives because we gave (in whatever capacity), we wouldn’t be able to stop thanking God for blessing us with giving. This Thanksgiving, let’s thank God for blessing us with the ability to give—as Scripture tells us it’s indeed better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).