“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others”

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I was raised by a woman who understands her responsibilities to the less privileged. By watching her live her life, I learnt that there was nothing that was too big or too small to give, there was no little way to serve other people around me, she said this in Yoruba “Ko to nkan lo’n so eyan di ahun” (Saying it’s not much makes someone selfish) which make nothing too small to give. Over time, I have also seen the life of Jesus Christ and how he gave his best – His life – for all of us.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? I John 3:17

We need to remind ourselves that all that we are and all that we own belongs to God. We are only stewards. This realisation helps us put our heart in the right place and not hold on to things that are fleeting. There are various reasons why different people in the world give; social responsibility, moral standards, religious reasons or just to fulfil all righteousness but as one living out the life of Christ our reason should be different because it the heart of the giver is also very important.

Never get tired of doing little things for others, sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts

Unfortunately, where we are supposed to learn to be givers, they are collectors and have made us form an entitlement mentality but looking at the example of the early church (Acts 2 & 4) we see the template we ought to be following in catering to the needs of others but what we want to do today is just get more or sow into the life of someone that doesn’t need it, which is a sad place for us to be.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 1 tim 6:17-19

I always wondered “But I don’t have money, how do I help” and over the years, I have discovered that I don’t even need money to help. Yes! Money sometimes will solve alot of people’s problems, but alot more people lack guidance and just don’t have the opportunity. We give what we have, Godly counsel, opportunities, Voice, connection to the right people, the list is endless and when the need arises, we give money. There’s so much we can do but we need to get our heart in the right place.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life John 3:16

We hear alot of things about us giving just like God gave his only son. While we say that, in the same breath we have to understand that there was an end to God’s giving “….so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” just like our father we should also have an end to our giving because that is what makes the difference or we are just doing charity, which is not a bad thing in and of itself. Basically, from the template of what God did, our responsibility to the needy is to meet their needs and connect them to Christ. When we think about it thoroughly, the only thing we can ‘give’ that transcends this side of eternity is Jesus, so why would be let our giving end with things that will only end on this side of eternity?

We need to evaluate our giving and I pray that the Lord will give us an understanding of how he wants us to give and direct our giving. Amen.

Do you believe in giving? What is your thoughts about giving?

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Written by Arike