Study Material: Matthew 6:22-23
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness.
Leading by example is a very popular principle that dates back to Scripture. Jesus led by example in everything that He taught. He taught us how to pray, love and give by the way He lived, loved and gave. Today many of us (especially ministers of the Gospel) teach on giving, but we do not lead by example. Many Pastors who complain that their congregations are not givers are the same Pastors who do not tithe, give first fruits, generous offerings or thanksgiving. They do not have giving ministries.
Giving is not always about money or salary. For example, our first fruit is not only just in relation to our monetary increase. In fact, agrarian populations might not have the cash, but they have the increase of their farming yields and they can certainly bless the church with it. The beauty in giving comes from the way we view giving. Today’s scripture says that based on how we look at things, we will see the light (v22), and if we are looking at things from a negative perspective, our light can be darkness (v23); and Jesus goes on to say, “How great that darkness”. Giving does not come from riches; it comes from love. It depends on how you look at it.
How do you view giving? Are you an example of a giver to the work of God? Are you a financier of the Kingdom? I (Luke, a disciple of Jesus Christ) have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). You will receive, but you should give out of love and obedience. Believers are supposed to be leaders in every good thing. Are we showing others the blessings in giving? Are we leading by example?
Homework: Examine yourself. Just sit and reflect. Why do you give? To whom do you give? Where do you give? What are you willing to give? Can God refer to you as an example of how to give? Ask God to make you a standard in Kingdom giving.