Love and Supernatural Speed (Giving)
By Pastor Sunday Adebamiro
1 Samuel 1:1-18
You have to give up in order to go up; in the same way, you cannot be where you are and expects to get to where you ought to be. In the Scripture, Nehemiah sacrificed his position in the palace in order to become a nation builder. Sometimes, you have to give up where you are to get to where you ought to be.
John 3:16 says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
God demonstrated and proved His love for the world by giving His only son. The lesson here is that He loved the ‘world’ and not only the church. The proof of love is giving. It is possible to give and not love but it is not possible to love and not give something; it is not possible to love and not give because love is demonstrated by giving.
This is in line with the Scripture in Matthew6:21 which says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.
Where your heart is, that is where your treasure will be. Your bank statement can be called your love statements. Your bank statement indicates what and who you truly love. If you claim that you love something, that claim can be verified by investigating how much of your resources go into what you claim you love. If you love God, the bulk of your resources should be given to him. If you love your family, assignment and your dreams, most of your resources will be given to them, as well. We give only to what we love. You cannot love something and not give to it. Giving reveals what you truly love. Whoever has your purse has your heart. Whoever benefits the most from your treasure is in control of your heart. Your treasure moves in the direction of your most dominant affection. Your giving reveals your priority. What is important to you is what you truly give to.
In the Scripture above, El-Kanah had two wives: Hannah and Peninnah. He gave a portion to Peninnah and her children but he gave worthy portions to Hannah because he loved her. He gave Hannah his best portion because he loved Hannah. What you love the most is what you give the most. What you love less will get less of your giving. What you don’t love will not get anything from you. If you love God more, you will give more to His assignment. Whatever gets your ‘more’ is what you love the most.
The woman with the alabaster box broke it and emptied it on Jesus because she loved Him. The more you give, the more you love, the less you give, the less you love. If you are not giving, you are not loving. More giving reveals more love; little giving reveals little love. You must be disciplined enough to give to your minor priority what they deserve and also give to your major priority what they deserve. Wisdom is the ability to discern which area of your life is qualified for a portion and which area is qualified for the worthy portion. Peninnah (lower priority) in your life deserves a portion while the Hannah (higher priority) in your life deserves the worthy portion. You must have the wisdom to know that every area deserves a portion but not equal portion. You cannot give same attention to all aspects of your life.
God should be worthy of your worthy portion because He’s responsible for giving you power to get wealth. The fact that the portion is coming through you doesn’t mean the portion is coming from you. Every portion you have, you received from God. Every good and perfect gift comes from above. The portion in your custody is not yours you are only a custodian and a steward of the portion God has put in your care.
Never get to a point that you do not give God the glory for anything. He is the source of our portion. Anytime you try to withhold your portion from God, you are exposing yourself to danger. You have the bread and seed parts of your portion. The bread portion is for your consumption while the seed portion is for sowing back into God’s kingdom. Never be tempted to touch God’s portion of your resources. Adam touched God’s portion and it was the beginning of crisis for humanity.