I’m back 🙂 and this is Part 2 of The Giving Series. If you’re new, you can check out Part 1 about my journey to generosity. Today, I want to talk about 4 reasons (of a ton) that we should give. While this is not just about giving money (we also give our time, energy and talent), it is easier to see our giving reflected in our handling of money because money is the most tangible (and possibly precious) of the other aforementioned treasures. This is and isn’t about money – it is about giving anything that is valuable to us.
Transparency Tidbit: While I am in the process of fundraising to go to IHOP this August, I’m not writing this series as a way to make that happen. I’m writing this series because in my experience as a Christian, we hardly talk about giving from a biblical perspective and I want to change that.
So, why give?
#1: We benefit from giving.
“Give and it will come back to you” is a principle more guaranteed than gravity. This is because the law of gravity only applies when there’s a gravitational pull and while we know gravity-free zones exist, “God-free zones” do not. Proverbs 11:25 states: “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. (NKJV).” In giving, we receive a blessing. A mistake I used to make is assuming that if I gave away money, I would always get back money. That’s not a biblical principle at all. What is biblical is that there will be a blessing because one gives. The form of said blessing is left up to God’s sovereignty and kindness.
#2: God says to give.
The clearest illustration of this I’ve seen is Matthew 6:2, 3. Each verse states “when you give”. Jesus was speaking about how to give, which means he expects that we are already giving or poising ourselves to do so. Within this passage He uses the same phasing to talk about other disciplines of the Christian faith: “when you pray” (verses 5, 6, 7) and “when you fast” (verses 16, 17). Giving is put in the same category of fasting and prayer – mandatory.
#3: Giving advances the Kingdom of God.
When we give, the Kingdom of God acquires tools to manifest itself on the earth. Though God could get it done all by Himself, from the days of Genesis until now, He chooses to partner with us. He wants us to participate with Him in reclaiming this world. Luke 8:1-3 tells us about women who supported Jesus and his disciples financially: “…Jesus…preached and told the Good News about God’s kingdom…There were also some women with him…These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles (ICB).” Though God had provided for Jesus and the disciples through supernatural means before, what these women contributed to their wellbeing by giving was welcomed. Taking care of the needs of Jesus and his disciples was a sure way to ensure that more people had opportunities to experience the same goodness of Jesus that these women had.
When we give to a person or a ministry, we can facilitate the gospel either being ministered to that person or to others. Giving can allow us to extend our impact in this world beyond our regular sphere of influence. We have the opportunity to become partners in bringing the Kingdom of God to a place we couldn’t reach on our own.
#4: You do have something to give.
Sometimes we want to give and the little we have does not seem to be of any importance – or so we think. Look at this scripture “…Give from what you have. If you want to give, your gift will be accepted. Your gift will be judged by what you have, not by what you do not have (ICB)” 2 Corinthians 8:11-12. Our Christian lives are ultimately accountable to God and when we give, we give to worship, honour and love Him. In the end, He judges our gifts based on why and how we gave them, not merely the quantity of them.
Giving anything is an act of faith. By giving, we prove to others and ourselves that we are children of God. Only those who are sure of where their provision comes from can dare to part with any of it.
Until next time,