A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men. Proverbs 18:16
A few years ago our pastor felt to ask a big name speaker to come to our church. This speaker had a full schedule and was constantly booked up and usually over a year in advance. So rightfully so, his ministry would screen requests and often had to turn some down. This happened to our church, however our pastor took it to prayer as it was the Lord’s idea in the first place to send the request. Our pastor felt to send the secretary (who had the hard job of turning churches down) a thank you card with a bouquet of flowers. It just so happened that the speaker was in his secretary's office when she received the gift. Both of them totally surprised by the gift & thank you card for taking time to consider our request and the fact that we understood having to turn our churches request down. The long short of this story is the fact that this speaker has come to the church every year since and an amazing relationship has been formed between both ministries. The gift opened the way for relationship. In Genesis we read an account where Jacob was preparing to meet his brother for the first time from years of family feud over the blessing & birthright Jacob stole from Esau. Unsure of the outcome for the soon to be encounter, Jacob tries to ease into the meeting by sending gifts ahead of him. In the end he finds favour with his brother and the relationship is restored. A gift is a simple act of love, compassion & kindness offered to someone and it is best given with no strings attached. Choose to be a giver without an agenda and watch how God uses it to bless and increase the relationship with the receiver.