Women of Reverence welcomes Isabel Donora as a guest blogger.
Isabel Donora is an entrepreneur and a Deacon at Gateway City Church in Alexandra township.
She is a mother of 3 boys and a wife to Dereck Donora for 12 years.
She enjoys reading the bible, spending time with her family, baking, sewing and encouraging young couples.
She has a heart of equipping young women to earn a living using their God given talents.
One of my favourite statements is: the beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are but on how happy others are because of you. Everything God created is a part. We need each other to survive in this world. You are a solution to someone else. We can not afford to look away when we see someone who is in need. Life becomes beautiful when we are moved to act, in faith, to give to those who don’t have and see them happy because of our actions. Matthew 26:11 (NIV): “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” Jesus told His disciples that we shall always have people who need our help, all the time. It shows that giving is an opportunity for ministry and receiving a blessing.
We must give not only those things that we do not need but also those things that our lives depend on. When we give, we will be reshaping our destiny and we become a point of reference for God’s favour and working. Acts 9:36-39 (NIV): “36In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.”
Here we see Dorcas was in the habit of giving and helping the widows. When she died, the widows went to the disciples – Peter prayed for her and she came to life again (vs 40-41). If it were not for her good acts of giving, she wouldn’t have been resurrected. It was the report of her actions and giving that resulted in Peter being moved to perform this miracle. When you give, God has a reason for sustaining and protecting you because you are a vessel that reaches His people.
We give not because we have; we give because it is a requirement from God. In John 21:15, Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him and he was given a mandate to feed his lambs. What is good for Peter is also good for us as Christians. It means giving is not about abundance or not having but because it’s a commandment. Paul commends the church in Macedonia in 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 (NIV): ”…And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.” We can see here that this was probably a poor church but received special mention from Paul based on their giving heart. Giving is about how you give and not what you give. It is from the heart. If you can not give when you have less, then don’t expect to suddenly give when you have much.
There are many ways that we can give as Christians. I will mention just a few.
• We can give our time by visiting children’s homes, old age homes and hospitals to encourage those who are sick. There are so many people who need us to put a smile on their faces by giving them our time.
• We can give our money to help the orphans and widows. The money can also be used for ministry, church needs and doing evangelism, local and trans-local outreaches for the kingdom of God. The gospel is free, but it requires financial funding hence our giving goes a long way in bringing the Good News.
• We can give of our physical strength and help those who are physically challenged. Our strength may mean projects for church or outreaches where there is need for our physical efforts and presence.
• There is a lot of people in our communities who need someone just to listen to them. A lot of homes have people who are abused, maimed or traumatised. We can bridge that gap by visiting them and showing them that not only does God love them, but we care for them as Christians. We can be a shelter that our community can run to; we will see lives being changed and hearts being healed hence people reconciled to their Creator.
Remember, it’s more joyous to give than to receive. We are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others. So many times, God has challenged me to give extraordinarily and when I have responded to the call to give, I have found fulfilment in life. I always see God replenishing and blessing even more. Giving is an opportunity for some blessings. I challenge everyone to give whatever that you can. Start small, start somewhere and ask God what and when to give. Just like prayer, giving is a skill guided by the Holy Spirit.
Stay blessed, stay giving and God bless you.