An Act of Love by Haans Bomberger

Have you ever done something special for someone you love?  Have you ever experienced the incredible joy that it brings, no matter how small of a thing it was?  Don’t you wish you could experience that feeling constantly?

As Christians, we are called to live a life that goes beyond ourselves, to be a functioning part of the Body of Christ.  That functioning involves giving to others from what we have been given.

Ephesians 4 says the Body is knit together by what every member supplies and that when each part does it share, growth is the end result.  That supplying is totally motivated by love.

Giving should be a natural expression of our love for the Body of Christ and for others around us who have not yet found their place in it.  Giving should never be motivated by fear or obligation.  If it is, it becomes repayment of a debt, rather than a gift.  Remember that Jesus fulfilled the law through His demonstrated love for us (Romans 8:1-4).

So, am I saying that if we don’t give money then we are not loving the Body?  No, but I am saying we are missing out.  There are many different ways to supply what the Body needs.  But, we should indeed seek to meet both the spiritualand the practical needs.

James 2:15-17 tells us that meeting the spiritual needs (such as building faith through an encouraging word) is pointless without also meeting the practical needs at the same time.

We meet practical needs by using the earthly resources the Lord has entrusted to us.  These resources are merely training tools to develop our character; allowing us to be entrusted with far greater spiritual resources.  Giving from our earthly resources is a powerful way to demonstrate our love for others.

I can tell you from personal experience that the joy we receive by meeting the needs of others far outweighs any cost.  I also know that when I have given out of love, I have never had any lack in my own life.  Why?  Because God’s resources are far greater than my own.

What may seem like a miniscule drop in a really huge bucket of need can move mountains when placed in God’s capable hands.  He is not limited by what little we can give.  That’s why giving is such an overwhelming blessing, because we get to see God do what we cannot.

Jesus told us that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:36).  Isn’t about time we truly take Him at His word?