PERSPECTIVE

THE TRUE GIVING SPIRIT

Psalm 51:5 tells us that all people are born in this world sinful, and Romans 6:23 teaches that the wages of sin is death. Therefore, all human beings die—as a consequence of sin.

As long as the sinful person stays within the jurisdiction of sin, he has no hope

of eternal life. Jesus succinctly

explained to his night-visitor, Nicodemus, that the born-again experience is a

condition of man’s salvation. “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they

are born again” (Jn. 3:3). Through the ‘born-again’ experience, the human being

moves from the kingdom of sin to the kingdom of righteousness.



Jesus did not tell him to sell his property and give half of it to the poor. It was Zacchaeus’ spontaneous response to God when he was reborn in Christ."

Jairyong

REBORN TO SHARE

When a person is

born again in Christ, he or she naturally shares the blessings received from

God with others. Ellen White wrote, “Every true disciple is born into the

kingdom of God as a missionary” (Desire of

Ages,
p. 195). In other words, all regenerated

Christians are to do missionary work. Missionaries are

the ones who share with others what they possess—things such as time, talents,

material blessings and the everlasting gospel. Jesus said that sharing with

others is the responsibility of His followers, “Freely you have received,

freely give” (Mt. 10:8). Zacchaeus was a

chief tax collector in the town of Jericho. He was a rich man, yet he was not happy

because his own countrymen considered him a great sinner. Then one day he met

Jesus and repented of his sins and was completely changed. After his conversion

experience, in the presence of the multitude, “Zacchaeus stood up and said to

the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor’”

(Lk. 19:8). Jesus did not tell him to sell his property and give half of it to

the poor. It was Zacchaeus’ spontaneous response to God when he was reborn in

Christ. He was willing to share what he had with others. While the carnal heart

is full of selfishness, the regenerated heart is filled with an unselfish,

giving spirit.  

GIVE AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU

Jesus said, “Give,

and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and

running over, will be poured into your lap” (Lk. 6:38). God loves voluntary

givers and abundantly rewards them. God asks His people

to faithfully give tithes awnd offerings to His storehouse, not to enrich

Himself (Testimonies, Vol.2, p. 653), but because He wants His people to develop a noble

character by giving generously. He has promised to “pour out so much blessing

that there will not be room enough to store it” (Mal. 3:10). od gives to those

who are constantly giving to others, so that they can have more blessings to

share with other people. The Lake of Galilee is a good illustration of this

point. It constantly receives fresh water from the upper valleys in the north.

All kinds of living creatures enjoy a life of abundance in the lake. It

constantly sends the water down to the Jordan River. By the constant receiving

and giving of water it continues to maintain the power of life. The Dead Sea, on

the other hand, constantly receives water from various sources, including the

Jordan River, but it does not send it on to others. Consequently, it becomes

stagnant and decaying, and accordingly, living creatures cannot survive in it.

It is dead! It reminds us how dangerous it is not to share God’s blessings with

others. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

When we give, we will receive more abundantly.      



“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When we give, we will receive more abundantly."

GOD LOVES CHEERFUL GIVERS

God does not

receive anything from us if we give reluctantly, with a selfish heart. “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” (2 Cor. 9:7). God accepts

only freewill offerings (Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 396). “The freewill offerings of the humble, contrite

heart He will receive, and will reward the giver with the richest blessings” (Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 653). When we give

with a true and faithful giving spirit, God will grant us more abundant

blessings as a consequence, not only materially but also in character.

Dr. Jairyong Lee
President, Northern Asia-Pacific Division

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