There is a law of sowing and reaping as the scriptures below will show, but to be properly understood, let me say this first.
Giving should be an act of faith. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also. In other words, the thing you value most is what you spend money on the most. And the scriptures advise us to place our value in the things of God. We do this by how well we give cheerfully to the things of God.
I have said in the last post that I am persuaded that we are living in the times of the Man Child. Today, what I want to do is point us to the signs of the times we live in.
The Book of Revelation tells us that two signs appeared in heaven before the Man Child was born. One of a woman and another of a dragon (Revelation 12:1-3). When a sign is said to be seen in the heavens, it is indicative of a wide spread sign which is evident to all. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the sign is understood by all who see or know of the sign, it simply means that it is visible to all.
After the outcome of the U.S. elections, many were startled. Most of those who wanted Hillary to win were outraged at the results while many of those who supported Trump were surprised that he won. Either way, no one saw it coming. In light of this unexpected outcome, a brother and friend in church began to wonder why we (as believers) didn’t see this coming, why we couldn’t read the ‘hand writing on the wall’. He told me that the shocking outcome of the U.S elections led him back to these words of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. Matthew 16:3b
Two old ladies were walking around a somewhat overcrowded English country church yard and came upon a tombstone. The inscription said: “Here lies John Smith, a politician and an honest man.” “Good heavens!” said one lady to the other. “Isn’t it awful that they had to put two people in the same grave?!”
In that lady’s perspective, that was a “whitewashed tomb… full of dead men’s bones” (Matthew 23:27). Although she was mistaken, it is important to note that her perception, wrong as it may have been, would be the reality we’d all face if Jesus had not risen from the dead; we would have a crowded tomb instead of an empty one.
“At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
What drives Nigerians to desperately want their children born “abroad”? Is it better health care that drives them or something else? We all would agree that the motivation is better citizenship. The conviction is that they are securing a better future for their children by ensuring they become citizens of a better country.
“If this country is ever demoralised, it will come from trying to live without work.”
What better for a leadership to offer its people than the following three;
A leadership that cannot provide basic amenities, infrastructure and a conducive environment for business and investment for its people is not worthy of the people in the first place. This is what determines the standard of living of the people and the strength of the economy.