I’m thankful to God for this great opportunity I have to share my heart on one of the great principles in the Word of God that I have learned since I got in this ministry and took the foundational class on Power for Abundant Living for the first time in February 1986. That law is about giving and receiving in the category of tithing and abundant sharing. I have proved the hand of God in many categories of my life. Today, I would like to share on how God blessed me in my professional progress, or ascent, as I practiced this principle.
Our Branch coordinator, while he was teaching on Luke 6:38, put a great emphasis on the measure that shall be measured to us as we give. So I made up my mind to give a great measure when I abundantly share. And since I’ve learned this great law of giving and receiving, I’ve decided to practice this law faithfully in spite of the mental pressures or the financial pressures I had in my life. Once I got my salary or a gift, the first thing I did was just to put aside my ten percent tithe. Then I also put aside my abundant sharing for all the household fellowship meetings of the month and plurality for the different needs of the household.
As a result, three times I was promoted in my career with God’s assistance. The first time, I was commissioned as an assistant head of department for six months, and before the end of the six-month term, our head of the department was sent on a temporary assignment, the position was vacant, and in a four-month period I was promoted from chief clerk to head of the department. I stepped up two ranks. I was always faithful in the application of the law of giving.
Once again God worked mightily in my career or profession when I was promoted as an assistant manager. I was doing temp work while the position of manager was vacant. Five of us who were chief clerks were expecting to be appointed as a manager. Three months later, the board of directors and the senior officers decided to change my position. As a result, I was commissioned as the assistant manager. Usually, whenever someone is commissioned as a manager or a member of the senior management, the board of directors has to make that decision and then send the decision to the administrative supervision for approval. This procedure takes time, and as far as I was concerned, God’s hand was on me. I was acting as an assistant manager for five months, and at the same time the board of directors was changed. The end result was that I was confirmed as the assistant manager. I kept tithing and abundantly sharing faithfully and giving pluralities.
At that time, it was not possible for me to become a manager since the manager was still there and the only way for me to become the manager was to wait until he retired. Because of the financial crisis that many companies or enterprises were facing, it was no longer easy to send people on retirement. As far as I was concerned, I was content with my position as assistant manager, simply because the full manager was still around. Once again, for the third time, God found a way out for me. My manager asked to be put temporarily under the care of Human Resources and wait for his retirement. The result was that I became the manager of Human Resources.
I would like to point out that I got promoted during the period of time when I was not paid regularly. We went through tough times; but whenever I got paid, I kept tithing, sharing abundantly, and giving pluralities. And God did not forsake me. In times of trouble, II Corinthians 9:8 always came in my mind: “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
So, I am confirming that whenever we faithfully practice in our lives this great law of giving and receiving, we will profit.