Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.-
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Every time we do our Sharathon or Friendraiser, there is usually one common theme to why people made a gift. There was one Friendraiser when a number of gifts were made in honor of loved ones who passed away. Two weeks ago, during Sharathon, it seemed like quite a few gifts were made by folks who just lost their job or have been out of work for a while. People were trusting for God's provision by sowing generously.
Those stories of people willing to give what they could made me pause to wonder if I could truly take that leap of faith. Can I step out and fully trust God when I have very little? Can I make a financial sacrifice to aid in His work? Will he truly provide? It's not an easy thing to do. In times when we experience hardship because of job loss or other financial dificulties, our human nature is to hold on to every little bit for ourselves.
God's asks us to trust Him in everything, no matter the circumstance. Everything doesn't mean some things. It means EVERY thing, including finances. Jesus promises us that our Father will take care of us in those times as well. This is what is written Matthew 6-
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.-Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG)
I admire those that can step out to give what little they can to see that God's work is done, whether it be through their church, or to a specific minsitry. He has richly blessed them spritually already because they know that He has already provided, and God promises to continue to meet their needs.
I pray that if you are one that gives out of the goodness of your heart for Him despite the lack of employment or resources, that He will abdundantly provide for you!
In Christ's love,