2 Kings 4:41-43
"42 A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. "Give it to the people to eat," Elisha said.
43 "How can I set this before a hundred men?" his servant asked. But Elisha answered, "Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: 'They will eat and have some left over.' " 44 Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD."
Now this man brought stuff to Elisha, but Elisha in turn asked him to distribute it to the people. When this 20 loaves of bread was distributed, it multiplied so that there was some left over. Every time someone in the Bible shared, there was left over, surplus.
Now here's the power of sharing and giving
- It multiplies the commodity given, so that even after sharing there is surplus, enough to meet the need of the giver and the people with whom the giver shares the commodity. e.g. Food multiplied ( 2 Kings 4:44,Mark 8:19), wealth multiplied (Malachi 3:10)
- It brings equality-13Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14At 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, 15as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little."[b]" 2 Corinthians 8:13-15
From what I have read in the past through lives of the widows and now from Elisha's life, is a simple fact of God's economy. God Himself demonstrated giving to us first, in this that "He gave His only Son that whosoever would believe in Him should not die but have everlasting life". God wanted to have a family with us, so He gave the "commodity" that would bring into action the law of God, to multiply. Not only did God get His Son back, but through this act of giving, God now has more sons and daughters. We've turned everything upside down haven't we. Ya we've found the term "banking" storing???? to bring x% interest on the amount. But in God's way of working, His law says in Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Yesterday I was wondering, Jesus went about His minstry, not in an air conditioned van, not with supplies for food, clothing and shelter. "58Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." Luke 9:58. Jesus was always out there on the street giving of Himself, His healing, sharing the love of God with the unloved, teaching the Word of God. A kid came and brought food for the 5000+ crowd that followed him. The fish came and brought money so they could pay the taxes. His needs were met, because He was giving. I have not read one verse in the Bible that says, Jesus had any lack during His work here on earth. He was being covered at heaven's expense. The fishermen shared their boats with Him, they in turn, were blessed with fish, with protection from storm and with the Word of God.
Conclusion: Its not only about tithes and offerings, there are different things we can give, we can give our time for praying for someone, we can give off our time to visit someone lonely, we can give of our Bible study that someone may be blessed, we can give in so many ways we never thought of. Jesus left His family, so He could start a new family here and introduce us to His family back home in heaven. Father gave of His Son, so that He would have more sons and daughters. What are we looking for, give it and we'll be returned in full measure, in the measure we have given. God gave His Son, not with conditions, but wholly that people could do what they want from Him, even to the point that they killed Him, and that unselfish, unrestrained love gift of His Son has brought us closer to our Heavenly Father, Yeah thats the right His gave us through His Son Jesus, so though He being God, we can now call Him Abba Father. What can I share?