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Summary: Good giving goes beyond what is needed? Good giving is planned and on purpose... You may give and not love, but you can never love without giving...

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WHAT SHALL I GIVE? YOUR GIVING REVEALS YOUR TREASURE.

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

Maybe 1974, we were gathered around my Mom and Dad's Christmas tree. Everyone was happy.

The gifts were passed to each person, the unwrapping was joyful time. When it was all over there

was not one present under the tree for Jesus. Not one. It was not my birthday, it was the SON OF

GOD'S BIRTHDAY AND NOT ONE PRESENT FOR HIM... I was sad and promised myself, NEVER

AGAIN... If I were a preacher I would warn everyone to do better... LET'S GIVE JESUS SOME

THING SPECIAL THIS YEAR...

I. YOU CAN GIVE WITHOUT LOVE, BUT YOU CAN NEVER LOVE WITHOUT GIVING...

A. A GIFT WITHOUT LOVE IS SO EMPTY...

1 Cor. 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am

become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

[2] And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and

though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

[3] And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,

and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

B. ALL GIVING, NOT PART...

Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the

soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole

burnt offerings and sacrifices.

II. THERE IS MORE TO SERVING GOD THAN EMPTY GIVING...

CAIN GAVE, GOD WAS NOT PLEASED WITH HIS GIFT...

A. WE CAN GIVE LESS THAN OUR BEST... ???

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than

the fat of rams.

B. GIVING MUST BE FROM THE HEART...

Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering

and sin offering hast thou not required.

III. THE GIFT OF HIS WORD --- THE WORD OF GOD DOES THE WORK OF GOD!

A. HIS WORD... OUR HEART...

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

B. LACK OF THE WORD IS SUDDEN DEATH...

Mark 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard,

Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

C. DELIVERANCE COMES FROM THE WORD...

Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

IV. JESUS CARES FOR YOU --- GIVE IT ALL --- GIVE IT ALL TO JESUS!

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

A. GIVE YOUR CARES TO JESUS,

Life can become HEAVY...

We can STAGGER BENEATH THE WEIGHT of our load.

Burdens and pain can become crushing...

B. Our heavy weights are not more than the weight of dust to God...

WHEN IT IS OVER OUR HEADS, IT IS UNDER HIS FEET...

Jesus cares for me and invites me to GIVE my BURDENS, problems, trials, family... TO HIM...

C. Despair? Hope!

Opposition? Faith!

Trouble? JOY!

Dark night? JOY COMES IN THE MORNING...


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