A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for a headset that my grandson asked to borrow for his flight lessons. As I was going through my pilot equipment, the Lord asked me this question, “Do you remember all of those headsets that you purchased and gave to those pastors many years ago?” Although I had not thought about that in a very long time, His question reminded me of that seed that was planted. I responded, “Yes, Lord, I do remember that!” He sweetly replied, “So do I!” Wow! What comfort and impact that small conversation brought to me.
Hebrews 6:10 says, For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
God never forgets the things we do for His church—the Body of Christ. Whether it is a financial seed or a labour of love seed that we sow, He never forgets! Let those words, “SO DO I” soak in for a bit.
The Bible likens the church unto a building. God is building it up corporately as well as individually, and when we work with Him on building, there is great blessing.
Ephesians 4:16 RSV, …the whole body is built up and edified when each part is working properly.
Notice the phrase “each part is working properly.” In any relationship, each individual has their part to play, and so it is in our relationship with God. We have a part to play, and He does too. When He spoke the words, “So do I,” I was reminded that by sowing that seed out of obedience, I did my part, and He is always faithful to do his part. Throughout the Word, we find many instructions given to us concerning our part, and it does us good to refresh ourselves on these things.
- I Thessalonians 5:18, In EVERY THING give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Now before you worry or wonder or even touch with your thought life what else may be God’s will for you, if you will act on what the Bible says is God’s will concerning you, then all the other areas of His will are going to be unfolded to you. It is a whole lot easier to know God’s will about another area of your life if you’re obeying His will and doing your part in this area. You are to continually give thanks to God because when you stop giving thanks, it hinders you from receiving revelation, faith, illumination and all the other things which come from the Spirit of God. You’ll become hard of hearing where spiritual things are concerned. Giving thanks to God in all things is your part. Providing the power in your life is God’s part. You don’t have the power, but you do cause that power to flow by giving thanks and praise.
- Luke 6:38, Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Notice the two parts in this scripture. Your part is given first, and until you’re obedient to do your part there’s no need asking God to do anything about His part. Your part is found in the very first word, “Give.” He didn’t say work and it shall be given to you or pray and it shall be given unto you. Here’s where some people get out of the will of God—they try to make things happen in their own ability, their own power. God has supernatural ability available to His children, but it won’t work until they get over into His will.
When you give, God’s supernatural power will be working in your life, not just in your finances. A person’s life is multi-faceted, and the financial part is just one of the segments that makes up the whole. I’ve seen the results of giving manifested in so many other areas such as healing, loved ones being saved, wisdom imparted, and the floodgates of heaven opened, all because someone gave. If you give, it shall be given unto you. The “given unto you” part is not your part, that is God’s part.
When the Lord reminded me of the headsets that I blessed those pastors with, He wanted me to be mindful of the fact that He never forgets those things I have done and continue to do for the people He instructs me to give to. Many years ago, I set out to become a professional giver, and through it all, I have learned this—you can’t outgive God. We may even forget times that we have given, but He never does. It blesses God to see His sons and daughters develop the lifestyle of giving because it’s just like Him. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that He GAVE. Remember this…it is in your DNA!
Friend, we live in perilous times, but none of it has caught God off guard. By meditating and acting on the Word, we can work with Him and get the results He promised in His Word. As you’re reminded of seeds you’ve sown throughout the years, put in the sickle by thanking God for the harvest. It shall come!