As Christians we have a hope of eternal life because of an act of giving:
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life
Giving is part of God’s DNA because to truly give is to act out of love and God is Love
1Jn 4:8 The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love.
So as Christians we should be givers because we are God’s children and as his children we carry his DNA:
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
To truly give is to be selfless, thinking of others before yourself, overcoming that part of the flesh which thinks, “Its all about me”.
The true giver gives with the right motives, because there are many people who give but their giving is part of another agenda:
1. They give to get recognition so they want everyone to know how good they are because of their giving and good works. Well this what the bible says about that type of giver:
Mat 6:1 Take heed that you do not do your merciful deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in Heaven.
Mat 6:2 Therefore when you do your merciful deeds, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may have glory from men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:3 But when you do merciful deeds, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does,
Mat 6:4 so that your merciful deeds may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret Himself shall reward you openly.
2. They give so they can get, so they see their giving as a commercial exchange with God and they justify it by quoting scriptures like:
Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given to you, good measure pressed down and shaken together and running over, they shall give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure, it shall be measured to you again
Many of the prosperity preachers have built their ministries based on this scripture, perverting to true context of it, which is, as a child of God because you have God’s DNA running through you, you will naturally want to give, and by that measure of giving, which springs out of relationship with him, it shall be given back to you.
There are many people that try to treat God like a lottery ticket, there may even be people who come on this prayer call simply because they feel if they do God will bless their business!
God sees everyone’s motive and whichever motive does not stand his test, that work will be burned up and counted to that individual as nothing.
3. The third type of giver is the person who gives out of compulsion, so they do not really want to give but out of a sense of obligation they feel like they have to give. Their giving is very legalistic.
e.g. The person who pays their tithes into the church, not because they recognise God as their provider and they want to give him their first fruits, but because they feel they have no chance and have to do it.
Remember God knows the heart.
To give should be who we are as Christians and our giving should outweigh the worlds giving, this is why God will bless us, so that we can be a blessing to others. If you can be trusted with a little, then God will then trust you with much.
In Reliv in order for you to be successful, you are going to have to be a true giver. You are going to have to be giving of your time , your talents, your money and your emotions. We are in a people business, so if you are not willing to give of those things, you are in the wrong business.
Bob Montgomery says, if you help enough people get what they want, you will not have to worry about what you want. What he is talking about here is the Biblical principal of Sowing and Reaping. When you build your Reliv business out of a true motive it will come back to you.
Those people who build just so their name can be up there or the just here dollar signs over people’s heads, may make initial money and get initial reward, but as the bible says, they have already received their reward, it will not be lasting.
We have just come out of an amazing conference here in Europe, where everyone of us saw first hand the heart of this heart and that is a heart of giving. This is why God is blessing this company.
Therefore I would challenged everyone of us on this call, give to the Kalogris foundation, not out of compulsion or out of the motive of it helping to grow your business, but out of the motive of making sure those children are fed and lets see where you are this time next year. Remember God loves a cheerful giver.
Jason Gregory Mentor & Coach
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For the past Eight years, I have been hosting a weekly prayer call for the believers in the offline company that i work alongside. Looking at biblical principals and seeing how we can apply them into our businesses.