Giving to God takes a lot of faith and trust in what He has said, doesn’t it? Many of us think of giving as a way for God to just take your money. But He just wants us to understand His heart as our provider. When I handed out Skittles to some kids, some of them were so excited they ate all of them right away, but when I came back and asked for just one Skittle, they didn’t have any left to give me. They didn’t understand that I, as the provider of the Skittles, had even more in store for them.

Matthew 12:6-7 says, “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”

The Enemy wants us to think that everything we have is ours. But when we listen to those lies, we can fall into the trap of being prideful in what we have when really God is the one who gave everything to us in the first place.

This is why God asks for us to give: He wants us to recognize where it came from, and understand His heart. Children know that they didn’t get their clothes or food on their own; their parents provided it for them. And like children, we as kids of the King need to understand that God is good, and that He is the one who gives us everything we need in life. Think about what Jesus said in Matthew 12—if God even cares for a bird, imagine how much more He cares for you! God will take care of us as our heavenly Father. We can live out the trust we have in God as our Father and provider by giving back to Him some of what He’s given to us.

Jesus didn’t say that He would fulfill all of our wants, but that He would provide for our needs. When we trust God as that provider, we open ourselves up to leveraging what He gives us for the Kingdom. We are here to spread His name and expand His Kingdom here on Earth, and God gives us what we need to do that.

Watch the full teaching from Forever Young Week 2.

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