“…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me….” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

In my years of being a Pastor and having the privilege to lead God’s people, I have met with all kinds of people and one category of people I would like to speak about today are those who have what is called the “help mentality”. They love it when things are free and they don’t like to spend money for anything even when they have the money. They love all expenses to be taken care of by someone else and they never want to be the one doing the expenses. And they never always believe they can handle certain bills on their own, they always feel, it has to be shared with someone else, or if possible the person should be the one bearing all the expenses. They never want to take responsibility for anything and just feel comfortable when they don’t have to shell out money to do things that will benefit them. These kind of people are always conscious of someone helping them but are never conscious of being the one helping. Why? Because they have a certain mindset that they have cultivated over the years, but this mindset is not the mindset of God’s word.

When we study the scriptures very well, we discover that there is a certain mindset that God wants us to have when it comes to money. God wants us to be cheerful and lavish givers because that is where the blessings lie. From time to time, there is nothing wrong with needing certain assistance from one or two persons, as it could happen sometimes. I mean nobody is without needing help, but it shouldn’t become a habit where we look forward to it. We should be the one taking the responsibility of bearing the cost, rather than waiting for someone else to do it. All through the scriptures, we see that there are no promises for the one who takes, the promises are there only for the one who gives, so while there is nothing wrong with being assisted from time to time as sometimes, we might not be buoyant like I indicated earlier, don’t get used to being the one that they are always helping. Move out of that place and clamor to be the one giving because there is a blessing that goes with it. When it comes to giving in the house of the Lord, don’t be comfortable when some selected few are the ones handling the giving. When it comes to financial matters amongst your friends or family members, don’t leave it for them to do alone, participate and be part of those who are doing the giving. The Bible says, God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7) and it also says, it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). As simple as these words are, they hold the key to developing the right character and attitude in financial matters as a Christian. Therefore adhere to these principles, and be a part of those doing the giving. Even when things are free, take the initiative and be a part of those that have made it free. Praise God!


The promises of God towards giving are for those who give and not those who receive!


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, therefore, I have more than enough to participate in any form of giving and I refuse to leave out the giving for others to do. I will give and give always because my sufficiency is of God in the name of Jesus. Amen!


Categories: July 2018


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