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Jesus' teaching on Giving

len Alfred Ajibola - Wed, 04th March, 2020 @ 14:32

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The sun was created on the _____ day.

  • A. First
  • B. Second
  • C. Third
  • D. Fourth
  • E. Fifth
  • F. Sixth

Which of the following statement is INCORRECT regarding the biblical account of creation as contained in Genesis Chapter 1.

  • A. Light is the first of God's creation
  • B. On the first day, evening passed and morning came
  • C. God created a dome and named it sky on the second day
  • D. God himself named the darkness night and the light day
  • E. God dedicated the sixth day specifically for the creation of human beings
  • F. God created the sea creatures and the birds on the same day

By the term "God is Sovereign", we mean that _____.

  • A. God is powerful
  • B. God is love
  • C. God is at the top of all
  • D. God is all merciful
  • E. God is all faithful
  • F. God is Trinity

Jealousy is one of the attributes of God

  • TRUE / FALSE

Noah had three sons after he was _____ years old.

  1. 60
  2. 75
  3. 100
  4. 120
  5. 350
  6. 500

According to Genesis chapter 1 verses 6 – 8, God created _____ on the second day.

  1. land
  2. seas
  3. sky
  4. heavenly bodies
  5. birds
  6. land animals
  7. animals living in water

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Jesus' Teaching on Giving:

Jesus' teaching on giving is a vital part of Christianity; and it must be taught to every child. This is true because an early and thorough knowledge on this subject (giving) will serve as a light and guide to children, especially in this perilous times.

You can read on the Early years of Jesus here.

Jesus Himself taught us the concept of giving when He said:

  • Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

    Matthew 6:1-4


Notice that Jesus began by stating that we should be 'careful' not to showcase our righteous acts before men. As pupils and students, take a moment to ponder on this question:

Why would your classmate tell you how he or she gave food and money to another student who was hungry?

Please read on your Responsibilities, Duties and Obligations as a Citizen here.

Let me categorically state that helping the poor, needy and despondent is an excellent act of goodness; but my point is - 'do we have to broadcast our good acts to others?'

From the above question, giving food and money to a student who is hungry is an act of goodness. Let's not also forget that pride can also creep into such good act. For this reason, pride is considered by many as deadliest of all sins. (It was pride that made the devil who he is today).

Please read on the Consequences of Adam and Eve's Disobedience here.

Pride can become so dangerous to an extent that it stealthy enters our good actions, thus depriving us of the rewards we ought to get from such good actions. In fact, one reason why people broadcast their good acts is because they want others to see and consider them as good. This is exactly what Jesus warned against in Matthew 6:1 when he said - 'We should be careful not to do our acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them'.

You can read on Values in Civic Education here.

It is important to state that there are certain good works that may be done in secret but they become exposed after some time. For instance, philanthropists are known to always help people. One reason attributing to their popularity is because the people whom had been helped go about broadcasting their names and actions. This even happened to Jesus himself. As an instance, whenever Jesus cures the sick and physically challenged, he tells them not to tell anyone what he has done (Luke 8:56). Ironically, the reverse is the case because they always end up broadcasting his name and actions. For this reason, Jesus is always described as a man who goes about doing good.

Please read on the Attributes of God here.

Note: One truth about life is the fact that your good works may be broadcasted by others; but be careful not to announce it yourself nor pay others to trumpet it on your behalf.

We need to understand that we don't necessarily need to be wealthy before we can always render help to others. Some of the ways through which we can give to others include:

  1. Giving words of encouragement to the dejected.
    Please read on various Motivational Quotes for Students here.

  2. Visiting the sick and the prisoners, while also sharing food items or some positive words with them.
    You can read on the Leadership Qualities of Joseph that has Transformed Lives here.

  3. Giving consolation to the sorrowful.
    Please read on the Prodigal Son and the Merciful Father here.

  4. Showing respect to the poor and lowly in the society.
    You can read on Gender Equality and ways to achieve it here.

  5. Sharing your educational and financial knowledge with others.
    You can attempt Len Academy Questions and Answers on various Subjects here.

 

Jesus went further to say that when we give to the needy, we should not announce it before others like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets. Permit me to further on these words of Jesus through an experience of mine, as summarized below.

I attended a church for some few years. Within my period of service in this church, a massive physical structure worth millions of naira was erected. I discovered that I couldn't point out a specific amount of money donated by the members of the church at any point in time. This was so because the parishioners made their contributions into an envelope that had been given to them by the pastor. The envelopes were returned to the pastor after the parishioners had put in an amount they could afford. To this end, some may had put in millions into the envelope (in the form of cheques) while others had probably put in their widow's mite, let's say N500.

Note: Regardless the little amount that was put in by the poor, the point to note is - 'they also secretly gave their best financially'.

Please read on Cheques as a Form of Payment here.

What amazed me most was the fact that the pastor sent the same letter of appreciation to those who had returned the envelopes, regardless the amount that was put in. This implied that those who had put in N1,000,000 got the same appreciation letter as those who gave N500.

  • From the above summary, did you notice the simplicity of giving? What's even more interesting is the beauty of giving in secret by each member of the church according to their financial capacity.
    You can read on the Disadvantages of Money here.

Conversely, after my relocation to another environment, I observed that the parishioners of my new church are delighted to come out (to be seen by all), before announcing their donations to the church. Eventually, they were all applauded for giving to the church.

Now, when you consider the very words of Jesus in Matthew 6:2; the question to ask is:

Is this broadcasting action of giving (inside the church) right?

Please read on the Biblical Account of Human Disobedience here.

Note: Recall that Jesus affirmed that this is how the hypocrites do in the synagogue. (Matthew 6:2).

In conclusion, we live in an era where social media has become the order of the day. As pupils, students, teachers and parents, we are encouraged to help others; but we should not broadcast whatever we have given to help others through the various media platforms. To put it in an idiomatic expression, 'our left hand should not know what our right hand has given'.

Please read more on Idioms here.

Let us continue to render help to the needy in such a way that gives glory to God who sees all our good work.

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Alfred Ajibola is a Medical Biochemist, a passionate Academician with over 7 years of experience, a Versatile Writer, a Web Developer, a Cisco Certified Network Associate and a Cisco CyberOps Associate.


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Amazing facts in CRS

If you translate “Jesus” from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be “Joshua”. The name “Jesus” was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS

The Sovereignty of God simply implies that God is at the Top of all things.

Below are some facts that expresses God's Sovereignty:

  1. God is above all things and before all things.

  2. God is the creator of all things.

  3. God is omniscient. He knows all things: past, present and future.

  4. God can do and accomplish all things.

  5. God is in control of all things and rules over all things.

Please read more on the sovereignty of God with relevant Bible Quotations here.

The term sovereign relates to words like:

Supreme, Ruler, Greatest, Unlimited and Total

Based on the above, the sovereignty of God can be expressed in different views. For instance:

  1. God is Sovereign because he is above all things.
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  3. God is Sovereign because he is at the top of all things.
  4. God is Sovereign because he has knowledge of all that "has happened", "is happening" and "will happen in the future".
  5. God is Sovereign because he can do all things.

Please read on God's Sovereignty here; together with Bible passages that backs it up