Giving to the lord

Giving to the Lord

Posted by admin on October 4, 2015

Matthew 6:24

As a pastor, I am frequently interested in why people do not have a desire to give to the Lord. Giving to the Lord involves reaching into a person’s pocket or purse and putting money into the offering basket. For the most part, people are reluct ant to give. Scripture is very clear. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says it all. Sow sparingly, reap sparingly. What this means is, if you give little to the Lord, expect little from Him. In other words, if someone decides to not bless God with a sacrificial offering, God is not going to bless the person. This is probably a difficult concept for people to accept. The probable question on someone’s mind may be, “Why wouldn’t God want to bless me? I am a faithful person who attends church regularly.” Attending church is something a person does religiously. Giving to the Lord is something a person does faithfully. God looks to Christians to be faithful. To worship Him faithfully. Giving to the Lord is worship. It is not something done religiously. 2 Corinthians 9:8 is a great verse to memorize. God wants all of His grace to overflow in each one of us. He wants each one of us to be sufficient in everything. Our sufficiency comes from God’s blessings on each one of us. Be blessed! Give to the Lord! You can have an abundance through your giving to the Lord.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

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October 10th, 2006

I heard this story last week and found it on LDSLiving, told by W. Jeffrey Marsh (who was an excellent professor for the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith course I took at BYU).

During my mission in Honduras I was asked by various people why we needed to give tithing. Surely God doesn’t need our money. Why does he require this of us when He is an all-powerful God who has no such need for things? This story is the perfect answer.

Elder James E. Talmage shared a parable to help us learn how important it is to appreciate and remember what the Lord has done. He told the story of a distinguished naturalist who, in the course of his customary daily walk, came upon two boys at a millpond, In a basket near the boys were three whining kittens; two other in the pond were struggling to keep from sinking to their doom; and the mother cat was frantically running back and forth on the bank. The naturalist asked the boys what they were doing. They replied that, as servants, they had been told by their employer to drown the kittens. Their employer loved the mother cat, but she didn’t want any more cats around the house.

The naturalist assured the boys that he was a personal friend of their employer and would see to it that they wouldn’t get into any trouble if he could have the remaining three kittens, for the other two kittens had already disappeared in the depths of the pond. To his surprise, “the mother cat evinced more than the measure of intelligence usually attributed to the animal world. She recognized the man as the deliverer of her three children . . . against him with grateful yet mournful purrs.” The naturalist took the kittens to his home to take care of them.

The next day, when many notable visitors had gathered at the naturalist’s home to honor him, the mother cat came in. “In her mouth she carried a large, fat mouse, not dead, but still feebly struggling under the pains of torturous capture.” She padded up to the scientist and laid the mouse at his feet. Some in the room were repulsed, but the guest of honor probably wept.

Elder Talmage then said:

What think you of the offering, and of the purpose that prompted the act? A live mouse, fleshy and fat! Within the cat’s power of possible estimation and judgment it was a superlative gift. To her limited understanding no rational creature could feel otherwise than pleased over the present of a meaty mouse. Every sensible cat would be ravenously joyful with such an offering. Beings unable to appreciate a mouse for a meal were unknown to the cat.

Are not our offerings to the Lord—our tithes and our other free-will gifts—as thoroughly unnecessary to His needs as was the mouse to the scientist? But remember that the grateful and sacrificing nature of the cat was enlarged, and in a measure sanctified, by her offering.

Thanks be to God the He gages the offerings and sacrifices of His children by the standard of their physical ability and honest intent rather than by the gradation of His exalted station. Verily He is God with us; and He both understand and accepts our motives and righteous desires. Our need to serve God is incalculably greater than His need for our service.

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UMDUMISE NJALO NASEHLUPHEKWENI( PRAISE HIM IN ALL THE TIME OF SUFFERING)

The was a point in my life I couldn’t understand why I still trust the lord.
The times of facing difficult trials in my life. The times were people were asking me questions I couldn’t answer but kept on saying I will hold on to his glory and I will still praising him even my life its upside down.

“This story remind of a women of GOD who was bleeding for years but because of her little faith of holding a garment of Jesus Christ she was heal”

In my life I have experience difficult moments, When I look back I never thought I would reach were I am today. The times in your life that you will feel like everything never work for you, when you feel like giving up or cursing the Lord ill advice you to hold on to Lord, He has done great in my life, You can also allow him to do greater in your life.

In my life I never thought one day my parents will lose their jobs and the five of us stay in a 1 room house which is licking.
but God turn a one room house to a mansion house, your suffering is for a short period of time. LOOK at me today regardless of background I came from I HAVE ALL MY NEEDS, when you became a slave in God is not the same as becoming a slave in the world because the world will destroy your ability

I am in University study industrial engineering using a bursary and having an accommodation that is too perfect for me and I never get hungry because of the slave I became, The slave of the kingdom of God. I get calls people want to help me and buy me groceries and toiletry every month because of the power God which is apon me.

your life will never be the same when you dwell in him even in your difficult moments. The Lord will never let people laugh at you forever in life, The Lord will never let the devil to take you away from his glory.

God can hide your background, your suffering, your weakness if you only allow him to do it in your life.I am not written in my face that I stay in a 1 room house and my parents are not work but my face is written prosperity , success, strong women, survivor and change.

“I LET THE LORD TO DRIVE MY BOAT BECAUSE I KNOW HE HAS ALL THE STRENGTH TO TAKE TO ALL MY DREAM PLACES WITHOUT RESTING OR THE HELP FROM me,I JUST REST IN HIM’

THIS IS AN INVITATION TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!

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(Words and Music by Ray Boltz)

I dreamed I went to heaven
and You were there with me
We walked upon the streets of gold
Beside the crystal sea.

We heard the angels singing
Then someone called your name.
You turned and saw this young man
And he was smiling as he came.

And he said, “Friend you may not know me now”
And then he said, “But wait”
You used to teach my Sunday School
When I was only eight.

And every week you would say a prayer
Before the class would start.
And one day when you said that prayer
I asked Jesus in my heart.”

(Chorus)
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave.

Then another man stood before you
And said, “Remember the time
A missionary came to your church
And his pictures made you cry.

You didn’t have much money
But you gave it anyway.
Jesus took the gift you gave
And that’s why I am here today.”

(Chorus)
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave.

One by one they came
Far as the eye could see
Each life somehow touched
By your generosity.

Little things that you had done
Sacrifices made.
Unnoticed on the earth
In heaven now proclaimed.

And I know up in heaven
You’re not supposed to cry.
But I am almost sure
There were tears in your eyes.

As Jesus took your hand
And you stood before the Lord.
He said, “My child look around you.
Great is your reward.”

(Chorus twice)
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave.

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave.

© Copyright 1988 Gather Music/ASCAP All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission

I am not sure that I could make a list of the people that I expect to great me like this when I get to heaven. I think it would be more important, for you and me, while we are here on earth, to take time to make a list of the people we would sing the chorus to when they join us there. In other words, who do you know that gave to the Lord and changed your life? My list is long.

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