King's Business - 1940-07


T H E K I N G ’ S B U S I N E S S

■y, 1940

tude to and affection for his Saviour and Lord. “My possessions” may include much more than my money; but if the man­ agement of my dollars and cents is in the Lord’s hands, it will be easy to trust to Him all other things. In an effort to “renew the desire and restore the habit of gracious giving,” T. C. Horton points out, in the booklet, “The Priceless Priv­ ilege of Giving” (5 cents each, Biola Book Room), that “there are four fun­ damental things which are essential to a well-rounded Christian life: First, the Word of God; second, prayef; third, a heart of compassion; fourth, the heav­ enly grace and joy of giving.” In the light of today’s Scripture pas­ sage, giving may be looked upon from the five viewpoints offered below. The, Speakers’ Outline I. GIVING—A MATTER OF MATH­ EMATICS (6). 1. The verse presents a simple prob­ lem in investment. One bushel of grain is capable of multiplying itself many times. Make a list, of persons who have sowed and reaped "bountifully” •— and note that those who sowed “sparingly” are not even in your memory of impor­ tant persons! 2. Tfee paradox of giving is stated also in Proverbs 11:24, 25: “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The lib­ eral soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” II. GIVING—A MATTER OF FREE WILL (7). The Lord Jesus beseeches, intreats, and constrains His children, but He never forces them to act against their own will. 1. The children of Israel chose to give “much more than enough” (Ex. 36: 5). 2. David chose to give “over and above all” (1 Chron. 29:3, 4). 3. The widow chose to “cast in all” (Lk. 21:1-4). 4. Believers in Macedonia chose to give “beyond their power’ (2 Cor. 8:3).

III. GIVING—A MATTER OF RE­ CEIVING (8-10). Verse 8 is frequently quoted, but too often it is wrested from its context. It is as we give that we receive “all grace . . . all sufficiency in all things” in order that we may in turn “abound” again in giving! It was when the servants poured out the contents of the water pots (John 2:1-11) that the supply of wine was increased and made ready to he given again. Sometimes the Lord asks us. to give when there is seemingly little to offer, but in the act of giving there is a corresponding partaking of divine supply. IV. GIVING—A MATTER OF SPIR­ ITUAL ENRICHMENT AND FEL­ LOWSHIP (11-14). 1. Toward us—it brings'-■“all boun­ tifulness” which “supplieth the want of the saints.” 2. Toward God — it “causeth . . . thanksgiving.” V. GIVING—A MATTER OF RELA­ TION TO THE “UNSPEAKABLE GIFT” (15). In giving His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for lost sinners, the heavenly Father set the highest standard of giv­ ing. The Christian can give nothing until he first has received that unspeak­ able Gift. Having received Him, the be­ liever finds that all his giving is to be in the light of that greater Gift-giving of a Saviour for a lost world. The Princess Eugenie of Sweden sold her diamonds in order to build a hospital for the poor. One of the patients, particu­ larly ignorant and inaccessible, became the object of the Princess’ prayers. One day, as her benefactor approached her bed, the poor woman cried, “I thank God that the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth from all sin”—and tears were raining down her face. “In those tears,” said the Princess, “I saw my diamonds again.” (See “The Sin We’re Afraid to Mention,” by Oscar Lowry, price 15 cents. This booklet contains a fine discussion of the subject of tith­ ing.*) 2. Giving That Does Not Hurt. Harry “made up his mind not to eat any more salt mackerel” when sacrifice was urged upon him, “because we don’t have it very often, and I don’t like it anyway” (cf. 2 Sam. 24:24). 3. “ The Tenth Givers,” by Mrs. J. W. Moulton (price 3 cents) is a story of two boxes—one for the mortgage and one for the Lord—and their surprising contents.* Illustrative Material 1. Diamonds for a Princess.

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