Day 6

Spiritual Gifts - The gift of giving

Matthew talked more about money and stewardship than any other gospel writer. He described giving as laying up treasures in heaven where moth and rust can not corrupt and thieves can't steal. "For where your treasure is there will your heart be also". He is the only writer to describe the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh that were given to Jesus by the wise men at his birth. But mainly, Matthew described giving as stewardship or managing the resources entrusted to us by God. Giving is an investment in eternal things, people and God's kingdom. I'm not sure that Matthew had the gift of giving but he certainly gave us many principles of finances. 

A person with the gift of giving is motivated to entrust their assets in God's work. A giver is alert to how funds are used and want their gifts to be of the highest quality. 

Givers have the ability to make wise investments with their money and are often very successful in business. They understand that you can't out-give God and live by the principle of sowing and reaping, Giving is seen as sowing seed that will multiply abundantly. "Give and it shall be given to you". 

A giver takes special delight when his gift is an answer to prayer. He or she desires to give quietly and secretly. How often I have heard a giver say, "Now don't tell anyone about this gift", or "don't tell them where this money is coming from".  

Through the years I have often played messenger boy with gifts given to people in need. How often i have wanted to tell the grateful and sometimes stunned recipient of these gifts where they came from but I was sworn to secrecy by the giver. 

When givers do not have money themselves to give they have the ability to find other sources.  A giver is also touch sensitive to how money can corrupt a person.

Givers are notoriously frugal with personal spending. When Warren Buffett gave $3.5 Billion to The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, i heard that he still lived in the $32,000 home he bought in 1958. I checked it out and sure enough, he still lives in that same Omaha, Nebraska home he bought over 50 years ago. 

R.G. Laturno invented many earth moving machines, tractors, and scrapers, that were used to build great highways and dams around the world. 

He was a Christian steward who started out by giving 10% of his income and living on 90%. As God blessed him, he gave 20%, and lived on 80%. Each year he increased his standard of giving. At the end of his life he and his wife were giving away 90% and living on 10%. He was still a multi-millionaire but in his lifetime gave countless millions to God's work. 

A successful life is not measured by our standard of living but by our standard of giving. 

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. 

In His grip of grace,