God's Giver And Bringer
From birth, all of us are about ourselves. Being considerate, sharing, giving, loving and bringing are not automatic qualities within us, we have to be taught them and practice them regularly. However, even when we have mastered the head knowledge on what these terms mean and seen them in action, our part in living them out can be another story.
Today I would like to challenge us, me included, to not only develop our giving and bringing skills, but incorporate these so much into our lives that we continually become better givers and bringers.
In Scripture, there is a difference between these two, givers and bringers, but both come with blessings as encouragements to adopt these qualities as lifestyles or at least part of your lifestyle.
Giving many times has the expectation of receiving a return either voluntarily or directly. There are instances of unconditional giving also and those are the highest forms of giving to pursue.
An example of what I am calling voluntary giving would be when one provides help for another, supplies a gift or the like and either appreciation is returned by the receiver to the giver or the giver is helped in like manner later on - fulfilling the law of sowing and reaping.
An example of direct giving is a seed placed in the ground and one receives the plant expected.
Giving has more of a personal, on-your-own-initiative characteristic. One might be persuaded to give, but nobody forces one to give. With what the believer has determined to give, I desire for us to fulfill the giver's forever- attitude of the heart and mind mentioned in 2 Corinthians 9:7 -"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."
- Give ("Give")
- Give generously as possible ("A good measure")
- Watch your measuring parameters ("For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.")
Now listen to Malachi 3:10 as he states -