Topic: More than the Bargain [August 30, 2016]
Text: 2 Kings 4:8-17
Key Verse: "And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life" (2 Kings 4:17).
William Colgate of the famous Colgate Toothpaste discovered this truth early in life that we usually get more than we give to God and keyed into it. He felt the urge to tithe because he recognised that God was the Giver of all that he possessed, not only of opportunity, but even of the elements which were used in the manufacture of his products. William Colgate not merely tithed one-tenth of the earnings of Colgate's soap products; but he gave two-tenths, then three-tenths, and finally five-tenths of all his income to the work of God in the world. Today, the blessings he received have outlived him.
The story of the Shunemite woman in our text is a good illustration. She gave to the prophet of God and got more than she ever thought she could get. In fact, in her giving, she never expected anything in return. As for getting a child, she must have long given up the idea especially as she and her husband were now very old. But God couldn't ignore her deed of kindness. Though she did not ask for it, she got what she needed most. God will never ignore or forget your deeds and labours of love. We need to take a cue from this woman. She gave without the mind of getting anything in return.
This is the best attitude we should adopt whenever we give, either to God or our fellow mankind. But whether we expect a payback or not, God's principle is to reward every true giver and His reward is usually more than we can ever bargain for. We should therefore not be weary in well-doing. Stay faithful in your tithing and giving to support the work of the Lord. Don't forget those who have devoted all their lives in the labour of the Lord. Remember also, your brethren and strangers who may be in need. Don't forget to entertain them - you may be reaching forth to an angel with a blessing for you.
Thought for the day: You can't lose when you trade with God.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.