The Prelude & Object Of Giving – Part 1: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([d]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.John 3:16
The Kingdom of God is modulated and cultured by the facet of love as love is the foundation and fabric of the Kingdom of God.
Whatever God says and does is inspired by love.
God remains a God of love whether things are good or bad in your life. He never fluctuates.
Because we are created in His image and likeness, we should speak and act like Him. Whatever we do or say should then be inspired by love.
Love is the incubation of the heart and mind (i.e. your purpose) of a person.
The heart and mind of a person (your purpose) is what perfects your love. You can never contradict your purpose or what is in your heart and mind (who you are)
Giving is one of the acts of God that reveals His love. It originated in God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”
God’s purpose in John 3:16 was so that humanity may be delivered from the cause & consequence of sin and that we may be restored into fellowship with Him.
The power to save humanity was vested in the love that God had for the human race. Love triggered the power of salvation.
Love is the heart and mind of God that preceded the very act of salvation.
The Gospel is the Gospel of love and the power of the Gospel is the truth. Love can never be divorced from the truth.
In the context of giving, love must be the motivation of giving. You must be motivated by truth.
Giving must be motivated by love and truth. The heart and mind of the giver is what connects to the heart and mind of the recipient.
Don’t give because there is a need. Perceive beyond needs & wants. Perceive purpose. This kind of giving yields fruit to the recipient & giver.
Before you give, understand that what you are presenting ceases to be yours. What is your motive or purpose in giving?
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”Genesis 1:28
When man is fruitful, multiplies & fills the earth, that’s the epitome of worship. We were created to be worshipers.
Worship is a way of life. You cannot worship God if you do not have a revelation of the purpose of God (truth).
Giving is not a physical reality. God wants us to come to a place where we understand that our giving is a spiritual act.
True worship can only be completed when there is giving. It is not simply in giving resources, it is a heart position.
The object of your devotion should be your heart and mind (the purpose) of giving, not the substance. What is your purpose of giving?
God was committed to His purpose which was salvation of mankind from the bondage of sin. Because He loved us, the best that He could give was Christ.
Don’t do things (or give) because it’s in the Bible. Do things because you have a revelation, knowing the ‘why’ you do something or give.
Give because you have a revelation of why you give. Your motivation should be love and the purpose. Capture what is in God’s heart when you give.
God wants us to perceive purpose with our spiritual eyes & to have clarity & understanding of purpose. You must be able to foresee a problem & offer a solution.
As a giver, you must esteem the value of purpose (the unseen) more than what is visible.