These days, just about every day carries some sort of designation. In addition to the usual holidays, there are the lesser known observances such as Grandparent’s Day, Boss’s Day, or Pet Day. This time of year, the days immediately following Thanksgiving are referred to as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. So what is Tuesday? Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday is the day in which people are encouraged to help others through the gift of their time, donations, goods, etc. Therefore many of our readers make it a point to help Salvation Army or their local food bank. Wherever their place of service may be, Christians are encouraged to give, and there are many examples in Scripture where God teaches us about giving.
In the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel, a boy offers up his lunch to Jesus. Don’t be fooled by the five barley loaves and two fish. This was not much of a lunch. In fact, Andrew refers to the fish as small? As for the loaves, picture mini-muffins. Regardless, the boy did not have much, but he gave.
In Luke 21:1-4, Jesus sees a poor widow giving all her money to the treasury. Sure, others are mentioned here as giving, but they could have given more. This widow offered up everything she had. Meanwhile, a lady named Mary used all of her very expensive ointment to anoint the feet of Jesus (John 12:3). Sure, Mary or someone she knew had the resources to purchase the expensive ointment, but there’s nothing in scripture to show that Mary was on Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous.
God also gave. He gave His Son, Jesus, and Jesus gave His life so that all mankind could have access to Heaven. They need to believe, repent and ask Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. You know how people can learn more about Jesus? You can tell them. Yes, you, the person reading this blog. You just need to give your time, donations, goods, etc. When they ask, “Why are you doing this?” you can tell them how He gave, and that you are simply paying it forward.
“…Let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)”