The Amazing Connection Between Giving and Thanksgiving to God
[2Co 9:11 NLT] 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.
One of the most cherished aspects of our Christian journey is the act of giving. In today's churches, giving is a cornerstone of many ministries. Whether your congregation runs a soup kitchen, a food bank, or a missionary outreach, the act of giving goes beyond simple benevolence; it is a profound expression of Thanksgiving to God.
Much of what we've learned about giving is undoubtedly true. The incredible rewards we receive when we give, especially with the right intentions, are a testament to its power. But did you know that giving also fuels our thankfulness to God? Allow me to share a personal experience.
There was a time when I found myself in dire need, and I hesitated to share my struggles with anyone. However, I poured out my heart and needs in prayer. Then, almost miraculously, someone unexpectedly provided me with a gift that eased my burdens. What followed was an outpouring of gratitude and thanksgiving to God from the depths of my heart. I realized that God had used the resources given by someone else to meet my needs. But giving is more than just words of thanks; it mirrors God's generosity towards us and brings Him glory. When our act of giving enables others to witness God's hand in their blessings and provision, it magnifies their thanksgiving, cultivating a deeper spirit of gratitude.
While much emphasis is placed on what the giver receives, let's not forget how it glorifies God. The joy that fills my soul when I contemplate how God receives even more thanks through the abundance given to me or to us is indescribable.
So, let us, as followers of Christ, strive to emulate His generosity. Let us remember that it is a profound blessing to inspire Thanksgiving to God and touch the lives of others through our acts of giving.
We are profoundly grateful for the countless blessings You bestow upon us. Lord, help us to bring glory to Your name through our generosity towards those in need. May our thanksgiving to You multiply endlessly.
In the name of our beloved Savior, Christ Jesus,