3 gifts found in giving/serving:
- Joy. Psalm 105:1-3 says, Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. When we give praise, we receive joy. That's why God's Word tells us over and over again to praise the Lord. Not because he needs it, although he is certainly worthy of it, but because we need it.
- Blessing. What we give, we will receive in return. Of course, that only means that I receive blessing if I give blessing. If I give judgment, I will receive judgement. If I give unforgiveness, that is what I will receive. Jesus said, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37-38
- Renown. Not as the world names it, but as God does. In Mark 10:43-45 Jesus said, "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”