"I want to just give freely, trusting in God to fill in those gaps. Eventually my mind caught up with my heart and I have been able to give more freely without thinking of my circumstances." - Me (From the post I didn't want to publish)
My thoughts on giving are simple.
Give more than you receive.
Give more than necessary.
Give more than what is asked of you.
I remember my very first job interview after graduating from college. The last thing I said to the interviewer was "To whom much is given, much is required". At the time I didn't really think of the biblical meaning but it was definitely something that I believed in at the moment.
I believed in it because I knew that if I wanted this job I was going to have to go all out. I was going to have to do more than what was required and I had to have a good attitude about it. It certainly paid off in the end because I got the job and it's the same job I have been employed at for the last 5 years.
Even though circumstances have changed and God is definitely revealing His plan for my life I still hold on to "To whom much is given, much is required", but in a very different way.
See work is no longer the most important thing in my life. Years ago that's all I cared about...finding a good job and making enough money to live comfortably. Before getting married I was barely making ends meet and I certainly wasn't in a giving mood.
I knew that giving was something that I should be doing and I really wanted to but I couldn't see beyond my circumstances to allow my heart to match my mind. I believed that I needed to make more money to be able to give. Well the bible says that isn't so...
Luke 6:38 says...
"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
Today in my walk with Christ I purpose my heart towards giving to make sure it lines up with the word of God. I choose to give even when the check ledger seems unbalanced. When this happens and I give freely I can testify that God meets every one of my family's needs.
We haven't went without. My peace came from knowing that God fills in gaps that we cannot see. My peace also comes from knowing that I put my trust in Jesus and gave freely from my heart so that I could be a vessel that God blesses someone else through.
Whatever your circumstances or financial situation may be; if you feel the Holy Spirit tugging at you to give, do it. Don't worry about anything and don't focus on anyone but Jesus. Your peace about giving will soon follow.
Here are some more scriptures about giving that may be of encouragement to you:
2 Corinthians 8:7, 13-14
“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. ... Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality ...”
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.
He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.