Attributes of the Giver
Please note from the definition that this gift is not limited to people with large sums of money and is not limited to the giving of money. This gift considers time, talent, and any resource God gives as the best to use in the work God has for us to do. It is often confused with the gift of server. Take careful note of the differences.
Greek word – Metadidomi (met-ad-id'-o-mee) is a compound word and comes from meta – afterward, after the fact and Didomi –
1. to give
2. to give something to someone of one's own accord to give one something, to his advantage
to bestow a gift
to grant, give to one asking, let have
to supply, furnish, necessary things
to give over, deliver
to reach out, extend, present
of a writing
to give over to one's care, intrust, commit
something to be administered
to give or commit to some one something to be religiously observed
to give what is due or obligatory, to pay: wages or reward
to furnish, endue
3. to give
to cause, profuse, give forth from one's self
to give, hand out lots
to appoint to an office
to cause to come forth, i.e. as the sea, death and Hell are said to give up the dead who have been engulfed or received by them
to give one to someone as his own
as an object of his saving care
to give one to someone, to follow him as a leader and master
to give one to someone to care for his interests to give one to someone to whom he already belonged, to return
The Biblical example of any of the Spiritual gifts will always be Jesus. Several persons exhibit some of the attributes of this gift such as Paul, Philemon and James. However, the person that displays most of the attributes of the Giver is Abraham.
Some people have great financial sense, some not so much...
The following were reported to be actually taken from newspapers:
· Amana washer $100. Owned by clean bachelor who seldom washed.
· Snow blower for sale ... only used on snowy days
· 2 wire mesh butchering gloves: 1 five-finger, 1 three-finger, pair $15
· Tickle me Elmo, still in box, comes with its own 1988 Mustang, 5L, auto, excellent condition $6800
· German Shepard 85 lbs. Neutered. Speaks German. Free.
· Nordic Track $300. Hardly used. Call Chubbie.
· Found: Dirty white dog. Looks like rat. Been out awhile. Better be reward.
· Tired of working for only $9.75 per hour? We offer profit sharing and flexible hours. Starting pay -- $7-$9 per hour
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights....." (James 1:17) Everything these days seems to have a cost attached except the German Shepard above…and even the dog’s food will probably cost a fortune.
Those with this Spiritual Gift are so closely related to Servers that it is often difficult to tell them apart. These two gifts are like twins, or more appropriately like two sides of a single coin and yet, they are very distinct and separate gifts. Therefore before you read any further…
STOP! PRAY! Ask God for His guidance this week. You do not want to confuse what you have been taught with your actual tendencies and feelings. It is well to remember that we are all taught to tithe…to give of our talents… to give ourselves as living sacrifices to the work God has planned for us from the foundation of the world. The day the Christian is born again and endowed by the Holy Spirit the Spiritual Gift of Giving these things become a natural driving force within him.
The Giver has a keen ability to make wise purchases and investments in order to have resources to give away. They live to give. Usually their desire is to give quietly without public notice or approval. Man’s praise is not their goal, therefore these people will have a tendency to back away from giving to things that will promote recognition for giving and the amount of giving. The Giver enjoys meeting needs without pressures or appeals. The mature Giver will resist the obvious pulling of heartstrings and want to know more specific facts about the program. Their desire is to know where and to whom their gift is going. The Giver always listens to the Holy Spirit’s promptings for giving. Sometimes this leads to a seeming erratic pattern of giving and often times drives their partner crazy unless their partner also shares the gift of giving.
Givers have a desire to use giving to motivate others to give. Their vision includes seeing the potential results of giving. They know the value of getting into the cycle of giving. Givers also have a keen ability to see financial needs that others often do not see and they seek ways to be used by God through giving.
They often test the faithfulness and wisdom of others by observing the way in which they handle their finances. Since they have the ability to be frugal and content with the basic necessities of life, they feel everyone should be motivated the same way. Their motive for frugality is not to gain more and to accumulate for the sake of accumulating but to give it away and to be in a position so God can pour His resources through them. They will often rejoice when God sends an extra “boon” their way because they know God is going to use it in a special way.
The Giver rejoices when their gift is an answer to specific prayer. It is so encouraging to him when he “reads” God right. Although the Giver has a special ear for the Holy Spirit’s prompting, he will be dependent on his partner’s counsel to confirm the amount of the gift. He values his partner’s advice and the mature giver will wait for full agreement.
Givers give spectacular gifts, not just money. They want to be certain that the gift hits the mark. Whatever the gift, you can be certain it will be of high quality, not necessarily expensive but very valuable. They want to give the best. _________________ Characteristics Of The Gift Of Giving
Day One 1. Gives freely of money, possessions, time, energy and love. 2. Loves to give without others knowing about it. 3. Gives to support and bless others or to advance a ministry. 4. Intercedes for needs and the salvation of souls. Today we dive into Genesis and take a close look at Abram—better known as Abraham. Open your Bible to Genesis chapter 12 and read verses 1-7. Circle the correct statement.
Abram heard the LORD and instantly obeyed His command to leave his country.
Abram asked God “Why, do You wish me to leave?”
Abram was to be a blessing to all the families of the earth. The LORD said, “I will give this land to your children.”
It is interesting to note that Abram set out instantly in obedience to God’s command. So what has that to do with Giving? A lot. He didn’t ask “Why?” nor did he drag his feet. Paul uses this example in his letter to the Romans and tells us that God counted Abram’s obedience as righteousness. The Giver hears the voice of the Lord and understands that all the earth and all that is in it belongs to Him and is His to give. God says in verse 7; “I give this land to your descendants.” Abram recognized Who God is immediately. He recognized that He was the Great Provider and the Great Giver. When we give to others, then we are closest to God’s own nature and Abram acknowledged this in his actions. If you've been going to my blog, you know what the grid below means. In case you have not, then grade each statement in bold how it fits you. After the week, the higher your score, the more of the gift of giver you have. Never = 0
Seldom = 1
Sometimes = 2
Usually = 3
Mostly = 4
Always = 5
Total _______________ The rest of Giver for the rest of the week, click on Day 2, Day 3, and Problems with the Gift of Giver
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