I Chose to Give


As I worshipped last night at Covenant Church, the Pastor began to minister to the crowd about first fruits and gifts. He spoke of  Abraham and his tithe to God, and explained that we as the seed of Abraham should be constantly giving, not just money, but our time, prayer, and any outlet that we have to give to others. He explained the significance of  Jesus washing the disciples feet and how they walked with him for three years never realizing He was giving himself to them the whole time. When He was born he GAVE, on the cross He GAVE, during the three days He was dead, He GAVE, and when He resurrected He GAVE. Jesus was likened unto Abraham, because like His forefather He constantly gave. Jesus died on the cross and gave all of Him in our places so we would have the opportunity to GIVE and keep on GIVING.

 

When we suffer or things don’t go as we’ve planned, we become selfish and forget, Romans 8:18-30 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

Jesus suffered in our place, because He saw beyond our sin and saw us operating victoriously in the kingdom. We have let Satan turn our suffering in to selfishness, depression, and anger. The whole principle of suffering is rooted in giving, because when people see you persevere and press through your suffering they are strengthened in their faith, that’s GIVING. Jesus even went as far to give, during his dying moments when he gave eternal life to the thief dying on the cross next to him.  So why can’t we?

I don’t know about you, but I chose to GIVE myself away everyday, whether it be a smile, laugh, money, time, or just a simple prayer, I will GIVE. My suffering, my struggle is working for MY good, because I love the Lord and I am called and purposed by Him. For me pity parties are over, complaining will not be apart of my daily conversation, nor will the word can’t be in my vocabulary.  In the conclusion of Romans 8, Paul made a POSITIVE confession and declaration, that nothing would stop him from GIVING and Sharing his purpose with the world. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

   “For your sake we face death all day long;
   we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)

The following is a personal journal entry of mine I wrote during a “pressing” period of my life. In that season, I chose to GIVE despite my bad circumstances. I remained consistent in my giving and I hope it encourages you to do the same.

Journal Entry

September 22, 2009

“I never thought I would be the person riding on the bus, but after almost a month after totaling my car, I am. Sometimes it feels like I am at my lowest point, and I want to stay in my bed and sleep away. But the drive I have to defeat Satan motivates me to get up every morning to fight another battle. Hundreds of people pass by me everyday, each having their own set of problems and issues to deal with. I notice the difference between myself and them; I have PEACE. My spirit is at peace with riding on this bus. Last night, I walked almost a mile home, but I praised God the entire walk home, even though lighting was flashing across the sky and thunder seemed to shake the ground. This journey that I am on seems like punishment from seeds that I have sown, but my Father always reminds me of the mission that I am on.

 

I realize that this season in my life is not for me it’s for the people I encounter everyday. It’s for the lady who I held the umbrella for at the bus stop because of the rain, the pan-handler who asked everyone on the train for money and I gave it to him when no one else would. This journey is for Ms. Jackson, who said she didn’t know how I did it everyday. It’s for my church ministry to show them that through this I will stand and lift up a standard. It’s for the young men and women that are dealing with the issues of life. This is to make my anointing stronger. This for my Pastor,  to show him that the word from the Lord that he delivers is affecting me. This is for Aunt Evelyn to show her that she is more than a conqueror. This is for everyone that said I wouldn’t make it, the people that hurt me, broke my heart and trampled me under their feet. The enemy should and better be horrified when this season changes, because like the caterpillar goes into a cocoon to transform into a butterfly, I’m coming out. Like the elements that are tried in the fire and come out as gold bricks, I am coming out. This is a womb experience for me. Although I am restricted  to a fetal position, my birthday is coming. This is only a season and I refuse to be weary in my well doing, because my time of reaping is coming if I don’t faint.”

 

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself to You.

 

*Just Call Me Justified!

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous said,

    January 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I love this brotherLove! =) I’ve recently made a commitment
    to tithe to the Lord the 1st tenth of my days (except when I work
    over night). As an immediate result, all of my conversations with
    the Lord have been so adventurous!!! =)


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