That was the answer to my question to a pastor regarding how I was ever going to pay for my discipleship program and missions trip.
I asked what he meant and he went on to explain the story of the loaves and the fishes in Matthew 14.
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
“Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them.
This story still stirs me all up inside. The little boy brought everything he had to Jesus and he blessed it.
Financial giving was not something I really grew up learning much about. My basic understanding was that if I felt led to give something to the church, then I should. It was more of a “spur of the moment” thing than a regular commitment.
Surrendered finances isn’t about simply giving a percentage to the Lord, it is consistently giving everything you have to him allowing him to take care of your needs and then impact others.
Regular giving isn’t a legalistic commitment, it is a joyful opportunity to show my Father ever pay cheque that we trust him to be our provider.
Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.
For us this means giving before paying any other bill, again as an act of trust and an expression of adoration.
My generation struggles to give, and that is extremely concerning to me.
We have grown exponentially through sacrificial and regular giving. The bond of trust between me and the Lord only gets stronger as he leads and I follow.
By not giving, you are withholding the blessing of God in your life. I’m not just talking about financial blessing, I’m talking about the blessings on peace and joy.
We receive more peace as the Lord “proves himself” to us again and again, and then naturally joy just overflows from that place of knowing your secure in your Saviour.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.