Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
Luke 6:38 NLT
Matthew chapter 6 discusses three “acts” of righteousness expected of the believer – give, pray and fast. Appended to the verses related to these three pillars of the believer’s life is a caution on how these are done. My focus has been brought to the common theme of “secret” (verses 4, 6 and 18). These three verses speak to Yahweh’s perspective of our acts of righteousness. They all end with “and your Father, who sees in what is done in secret will reward you.” That word secret in its original form translates to “inward nature” “character” “the hidden things”. Clearly Yeshua was not only speaking of keeping things hush hush, or waiting for the cover of night to feed the poor. He is speaking also of our most hidden part, our heart. Today we will begin with giving and we will cover prayer and fasting in the coming days.
However we give, and whomever we give to, we must test and our motives and place them under Yahweh’s omniscient eyes. The genuinely kind believer does not need to be warned against a parade of loud trumpet blowing, because their giving is hardly ever premeditated or staged, but rather made prayerfully through the prompting of the Holy Spirit or they are moved with compassion when made aware of a need. Even if they look for a person to be generous to, their gratification is not from acclamation or praise, it is from knowing they are doing what is pleasing to their Father.
Throughout these days of surrender (because that is essentially what we are doing here), we may be prompted to show generosity and compassion. Perhaps we can use scriptures and the guidelines below in our giving: 1 Chronicles 29:14; Proverbs 11:25; Matthew 6:2-4; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 (and there are many more). When you are prompted to give:
- Do not wait, that is, do not delay and look for a more opportune time; your generosity may be Father Yahweh’s response to someone else’s prayer.
- Do not wait for an abundance from which to give, the abundance is from your heart, you will never be empty.
- Finally, let your motive be obedience to the one who sees the hidden places. Do not try to justify whether your gift is needed or appreciated, your reward is from Yahweh.
Your reward is great. His treasures and emissaries are more numerous than you can imagine. I pray you will be blessed abundantly, primarily in the Spirit. May you discover the abundance of spiritual treasures that are accessible to you through Yeshua the Messiah and because of your obedience and surrender to Father Yahweh. “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health (physically), just as (I know) your soul prospers (spiritually). (3 John 1:2 AMP).
Read: Matthew 6
Write: How has generosity changed your life (either by being a giver or being the recipient of generosity)? How can you make a difference in someone else’s life? Pray for Father Yahweh’s guidance today as you give to the needy.
Pray: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. We have benefitted greatly from the loving kindness of Father Yahweh in so many ways. Thank Him today for a heart of kindness and pray for those in need.