Two Reasons To Give

posted Sep 18, 2012, 4:29 PM by Willie T. Butler   [ updated Nov 29, 2012, 12:26 PM by Charles C. Christie,Jr. ]
There are many references made to the sayings of Jesus, but none seem more significant than these:  

1.  "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." (Matthew 10:7) KJV ; and,
2.   The greatest two commandments are these:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself'."  (Matthew 22:36-39) NIV

Why are these so much more significant?  Because both exhort Christians to acknowledge the Lord God by doing what He demonstrated first.  That is by giving of ourselves, our time and our possessions.  Each of these were first gifts to us, and they can be used to give to others.

John 3:16 makes this point quite plain.  "God so loved the world [meaning mankind] that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus Christ].  So our act of giving is the best expression of our God-nature which pleases Him and can benefit each of us in this life.