When we examined the scroll marked 2 we looked in depth at the true meaning of LOVE and discovered that Love was an action and not a feeling and more importantly that we are called to give without expecting anything in return. We must give 100% to everything we do.
I found this article by Michael Tummillo which I want to share with you…
Good Investment Tip – Give and it Will Be Given Unto You
Many years ago, I called a Christian radio station and, of all people to answer the phone, one of the station’s radio show hosts, a Financial Planner named Don Spears got on the line. I took advantage of the opportunity to ask Don what I was doing wrong with my finances. Try as I might, I just could not get ahead. He told me two things:
1) Keep sowing into fruitful ministries, just as I did by calling in and
2) Use the envelope system, never robbing Peter to pay Paul. Mark each envelope with a creditor’s name and place a portion of each month’s bill in the envelope until the monthly bill was paid.
I began doing so immediately and could not help but notice the increase in my salary and, subsequently, the amount of my Kingdom gifts. Imagine the thrill of meeting my wife, years later, and discovering that she utilized the same envelope system! It was meant to be!
After my first marriage ended and being laid-off from my job as an Art Director at an Ad Agency, giving became a way of life for me. In time, I decided my life’s goal would be to live off 10% while giving away the 90%. I had a long way to go: no phone for two years, no car, a job keeping a mobile home park clean, and an old trailer I had to kick all the cats out of that had no hot water or refrigerator. I had a long way to go and I still have quite a way to go, but I am amazed at how many clever ways God has given us for increasing our earnings as Barbara and I continue to give. These days – and I’m only bragging on God – we are healthy, own two nice vehicles and two nice homes, one which serves as a rooming house in which we’ve had marriages, baby dedications, healings and many prayer meetings. Everything we have is dedicated to Kingdom service.
There are many ways in which we can give …..it may be volunteering our time to a local community group, using our talents to provide a service to someone, inviting someone round for a meal and to share fellowship with them, or helping out financially to someone in need.
From what we have learned on our MKMMA journey, we have to decide for ourselves just what we are prepared to give, examine our reasons for wanting to give and further more when are we going to start giving it….and remember that we always keep our promises to ourselves
So how should we give? You just do it with your heart. Giving with your heart is the most precious thing, whether it is advice or clothes or even shelter to someone in need. What ever you give out in all these areas, your rewards will be great providing you have given them with a good heart and not expecting anything in return.
The dictionary says this...give [giv]
verb (used with object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.