2001-02-11 - Giving
Passages Related to Spiritual Gifts, Part 6
Do you yearn to share your wealth or your goods with needy people (with the ultimate goal of empowering them to help themselves), worthy ministries etc.? If so, you probably have the gift of giving. There are a couple misconceptions about the gift of giving. You don't have to be wealthy, to be endowed witih this gift; God sometimes gives this gift to those who are earning minimum wage or even cannot work at all. But they share what they do have. God uses a "sliding scale" and blesses whatever people are able to share. In addition, it involves more than money; it involves everything "material," from food to automobiles (which can be used to give someone a ride to church, take people for chemo treatments etc.), to video recorders (which could be used for example, by a youth group to view a wholesome movie). All scriptures today are from the NASB.
Romans 12:6-8 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.