So yesterday I told you that the first thing you’d need to make the most of 2024 is a word from the Lord. Just in case you missed it, you may need to visit my page to get up to speed.
That said, the second thing you’d need is:
– A HEART FOR GOD
I’ve often said that the unit of a close fellowship with God is a heart for God. I can know how much you love God by how much you sacrifice for Him.
Where is your treasure? Or what do you consider treasurable? The bible says “Where a man’s treasure is, there also his heart shall be”. I can tell the value you place on God by the attention you give to Him and His kingdom.
I’ve heard people say, “I want God to use me”; but the truth is, God only uses those who have separated themselves for Him. God won’t use you because you said you are available, He’d use you because He can see your availability. There are many people who will give anything just to ensure that their treasure house is safe. Men naturally put their hearts into what they consider treasurable. If you consider God treasurable, nothing else will matter but God.
Anything you can’t give to or for God is unveiling a treasure you’ve not given to Him. A person who considers God treasurable on all fronts will never have a hard time giving God his heart.
God bless father Abraham, a perfect example of a man who had a heart for God. His son was his treasure but God was his treasure house, and he wouldn’t hesitate to give his son to God. Be careful how you ask God to use you, because it will cost you the things you consider treasurable. Check those who are greatly used by God, they’re people that won’t withhold anything from God.
When the bible says “Give me your heart”, he simply means that you should redirect the things you consider treasurable to him. This is a natural law; if you don’t like a thing, the moment you start investing in that thing, you’d suddenly begin to like it.
It’s amazing how our treasures can genuinely redirect our hearts. If a man doesn’t like a woman, the moment he starts spending and investing on her, the likeness will suddenly appear. A woman may think she doesn’t like a man, but that’s only because she hasn’t given him anything yet. That’s why wise parents advise their daughters not to receive gifts from a man they don’t plan to be with. Because they may not have the plan or desire to, but the gifts would stir up something.
Bishop David Oyedepo has often shared how he went to worship God alone in a church, and while he was at it, God asked him what he had brought for Him. He took a deep thought and figured out that the only possession he had was his salary that was yet to be paid. Amazingly, he offered that salary to God – even before he was paid. Why won’t God use him to do great exploits in the world?
You can tell that a man is hiding something treasurable by his reaction when you approach that thing. How do you react when people touch the things that concern God?
Giving to God and His kingdom will remain the greatest proof of love towards Him. It’s natural to always want to give to the people you really love, but my emphasy here is giving to God and His kingdom, not just any random giving.
There’s a difference between giving to the poor and giving to the needy within the church. In Galatians 6:10 the bible says, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”. So even if you have to give to the poor in general, your priority should be to those ones within the kingdom, those ones that have received Christ.
Many Christians give, but not necessarily to God and His kingdom. And it’s probably why they don’t see returns as they should. David proved his love severally by giving to the Lord. Let’s read from scriptures:
1 Chronicles 29:
1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.
2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house
4 Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal.
Did you see that? He prepared to build the house of the Lord with all his financial might. He gave gold, silver, brass, and all precious stones. According to verse 3, considering his love and affection for God, he even took from the resources he was supposed to use for himself and gave to God. That’s deep love! David held nothing back when it came to proving his love for God.
A lot of controversy has gone forth about tithing, how that New Testament believers are not obligated to give the ten percent anymore. Well, what many of us do not know is that the ten percent was only a training process that should bring us into a phase where we give God our heart, which is hundred percent. That’s right! It was never about ten percent, but about your heart. If you struggle to give God ten percent, when will you give God your heart? To give your heart means to die to self. Think about it, what happens to you when you give your heart to someone? You’d be dead physically, and your heart will start working for another person.
A particular business man in Nigeria shared in one of his speeches that he gives God 95 percent tithe from all his income. The shocking part is, even with the 5 percent that he keeps to himself, he still lives the best life. He caters for widows across the nations of the earth, he gives to the poor, all within the 5 percent. His children goes to the best schools, he has over 40 printing offices within Taraba State – Nigeria.
Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. So anyone that cannot give to God and His kingdom cannot claim that he loves God. Love is not just in words, but in action. I can know how much love you have for God by how much of your treasures or resources you give to Him. Frankly speaking, if all you give God is ten percent, your heart can’t fully be with God.
Believe me, this will remain the greatest proof of your love for God. If you struggle to give to God, your love for Him will also be a struggle. Every other proof of love anchors on this one, giving to Him. Let there be nothing in your life that you cannot give to God. Anything you cannot give to God is an idol.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!