‚Giving‘ which is done voluntarily with the right motive benefits both the recipient and the giver. The Bible, in all its writings, calls upon all Christians to give to the poor, orphans, the church, neighbors, and so any others.
First and foremost, the bible defines ‚giving‘ as a priority. We are given resources so that we can give out resources. God gives us in abundance in order to help those in need.
“Honor the lord with your wealth, with your first fruits of all your crops” proverbs 3: 9. This explains that God desires us to take a percentage of all our earnings and use it to please the people around us through giving out. This can be done by offering in church, helping the needy and feeding the hungry. All these are activities that reflect God’s desires from us as givers.
It is important to note that the bible requires giving to be done cheerfully. Do not give anything with bitterness or anger. Everything you give out should be accompanied with a clean heart. One’s willingness to give requires a jovial and joyous character. By doing so, the recipient is filled with a lot of happiness because of his or her realization that somebody cares for their well-being.
Unlike property, items or requirements that are received from personnel with gloomy faces, such properties do not impact blessings in the recipient’s life.
As the scripture says in 2Corinthians 7: 7, „let each one do as he has resolved in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.“
The bible encourages giving that is filled with love, care and compassion. Through this, you will be blessed by the lord God Almighty.
It is written in Luke 14:14, “And you will be blessed because they are not able to pay you back. God will repay you on the day the good people rise from death. „
Christians are disregarded from expecting a payback from those to whom they have given to, like favor, material wealth etc. For all these blessings will come from God the main ‚Giver‘.
Proverbs 19:17 clearly shows us that when you give to the poor, it is like lending to the lord and the lord will pay you back. Whatever we do on earth shall surely be accountable by God.
We are told that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving, we must help the weak as the lord Jesus himself said, Acts 20:35
God led us with an example on giving. This is illustrated when He gave us his dearly one and only son, Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins. Something that can never be matched to any of the sacrifices we can ever think of doing.
This eventually proves to us that giving is sacrificial. This involves offering what might seem to be too costly, with a cheerful heart.
This drives us to the widow who offered her two very small copper coins in Luke 21: 1-4. Jesus referred to her giving as ‚the most‘ although others gave a lot more than her. All the others gave a portion out of all their wealth, but the woman gave all she had in her poverty.
This teaches us that those who give out the little they have wholesomely give the most. As Christians, giving simply means offering ‚the little‘ that you can to any category of people as long as it will put a smile on a healing face.
We also see that the Israelites generously gave materials and time to build the tabernacle. If any of those people decided to withhold the materials they owned or the skills they had, the tabernacle wouldn’t have come together.
This explains why we should give genuinely and generously; not because one wants to please God or expect to get a pay after giving. A giving heart does it voluntarily with no mindset of receiving anything much in return.
Many will wonder why giving has to be sacrificial and cheerful at the same time. God gives a clear example of this kind of a situation in Isaiah 53:10, “it was my will that he should suffer; his death was a sacrifice to bring forgiveness. And so he will see his descendants; he will live a long life, and through him my purpose will succeed. „
God wanted and knew why he had to give away his son to be tortured brutally by the Pharisees. It was through this suffering that righteousness was restored within us. Therefore, for all this that happened to His son was the reason eternity surpassed.
This clearly proves that all results and pay we desire for all the goodness that we practice and offer will be rewarded by God alone.
Every hand that gives will live in eternity forever. It’s a lifetime repay from God.
We should all learn to give to the needy without expecting the same from the community, society and all those that we give to, for the greatest that is in us will surely see our work on earth.