2 Corinthians 9:7 (AMP): Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
I am a giver. I was born into a family of givers. Throughout my upbringing, I watched my mother distributing our food, clothes and money to people that we either knew or are complete strangers. My mother had even accommodated a missing girl for weeks before her family came for her! This was a girl who escaped from her kidnapper, fled and after hours of wandering ended up at our doorsteps. According to subsequent information, she was abducted for ritual killing. But God spared her life. We just woke up on a morning to discover this fatigue, unkempt adolescent sleeping in front of our main door. Mother did not leave the girl outside for fear of unforeseen reprisal. After weeks of extensive enquiries, our new girl was reunited with her family who was living about 800 hundred kilometres from us.
In France, the Roma community is experiencing what I coined, a continuum of stigmatisation, prejudice and segregation. Many of our citizens do not have to be told because frequently we witness these. When a careless tourist’s purse is missing, it is the Roma. Things need not necessarily go wrong before everyone accuses them. Many stare at Roma camping cars with disdain as if they are lepers. If all Roma people are considered outcast and evil, does that mean that there are no few hardworking Roma people? I believe in all communities in France, or globally that we have challenges handling some people. That one people commit a crime does not necessarily mean that his entire community is full of criminals.
Frequently I come across Roma beggars on the street, in busy places such as the Metros, attraction parks and in shopping centres. I love giving whatever the Spirit laid in my heart to give them. Some I’d bring food to while stuck in traffic hold ups. They only get to see my car approaching and wow, what a blessing to see that beautiful smile on their faces.
One day I was telling my mother that I stop giving my resources to the Roma beggars. I explained this is because there’s a nationally televised documentary exposing the trafficking among the Roma people, where some of the beggars are recruited in strategic places to beg while their traffickers hide in corners to watch.
‘That’s not your business’, mother said and continued, ‘yours is to give and DON’T stop giving to them or anyone in need of help’.
It strikes me so hard. I had lost doing what God instructs in Matthew 7:12 (AMP), “So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.” Then I began to reason like the world. I thought the society is accurate simply because I’d focus on that documentary.
Our world is changing. We can wish for those days in the year 70s, 80s and 90s when ‘life was better, ’ but we must know that those days and years are gone. Today we are confronted with choices: to continue with God or to succumb to the dictate of this perverse world. We would not be energised to help anyone if we think of what this person has done to us, whether that beggar will use our money to buy marijuana instead of buying proper food with it, etc.
I don’t think there is anywhere in the Bible that God first looks at what the world is saying before He set out to bless us. That straightforward verse (Romans 12: 2 AMP), “Do not be conformed to this world…“, teaches us to distinguish ourselves in our attitudes on how we treat others.
The question is, “Must we wait for the world to tell us who we ought to bless with our income?” Often we criticise the millionaires among us. Some indicate that they are corrupted as a result of embezzlement or whatever. However, have we not noticed that the more we attack these wealthy people, the more they are still getting prosperous? Check out their secrets and we will see that these people are passionate givers. They give to the poor, to the sick in the hospital, for philanthropic purposes, to scientific research findings, to the handicaps, to the mental homes, etc.
Whether they are thieves are between them and God. Their sacrificial offers have blessed millions and still will bless millions of people to come. God will not forget these millionaires because they are adding values to the lives of others.
Reasoning wipes out the grace of God over our lives. Reasoning blinds us from seeing beyond why we must continuously maintain her giving habit. Reasoning collides with God’s faith at all times because it is not in conformity with God’s commandments. If David had allowed reasoning to overtake him, seriously, he would not have defeated Goliath. He would have only just fixed his eyes on his opponent’s gigantic height and tells himself that this is mission impossible. Rahab, the prostitute (Joshua 6:25) overcame reasoning by not looking at herself thinking she was such a flirt to provide a hideout for the men of Joshua. She gave her help to these men without requesting anything in return and that offer of sacrifice saved her and her family from utter destruction.
Giving brings us out of trouble waters and elevates us. The power of generosity is indescribable. We do not give without seeing results because Angels are with us all the time. Apart from our individual Guardian Angel, we have Angels with specific assignment to bless us. Whatever we do is not forgotten. They are recorded.
So if we knew this, why can’t we alter the way we live and render it worthwhile? That comes to the question of how do we give?
Do we know that the most blessed form of giving is the one you do in secret? How many millionaires have you heard spoke out publicly about who they give to and for what purposes? They do not have much time to boast of that.
Even most patients being blessed with this money have no idea where it comes from. The gifts you give in secret to a needy person have more flavour than those you give openly. This is not to imply that you don’t get blessed for giving on the street. God does not forget a single act if kindness. Notwithstanding, I implore us to cultivate the habit of secretly giving. We are not required to write our name on those presents when giving them out. We can donate to the orphanages, retired homes, psychiatrists, and children’s hospitals and handicapped homes with strict instruction to remain anonymous.
When doing this, do not forget to bless those gifts and thank God for giving us the opportunity to bless others with what He had blessed us. God adores a cheerful giver.
In Jesus name, AMEN.