Giving On Purpose
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
One of the greatest opportunities we have to reflect our trusting relationship with the Father is through our giving. Giving reveals more than the amount we have in our bank account, but reveals the nature and condition of our hearts.
When my husband and our little family first joined the military, we had very little. Every bit we had went to paying bills and buying food. Yet even with the little amount we possessed, there was still such a great desire in our hearts to give. We couldn’t explain it, we just wanted to give! Turns out, giving is a part of our DNA as children of God.
I believe the struggle that takes place in the hearts of people as they give, is not if they have enough to give, but if God will truly do what He says He will do. If we continue reading in 2 Corinthians 9:8 it says, And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. In other words, when we give, from our hearts, God is able to provide all we need so that we can give (with wisdom) whenever we see a need around us.
Why do I say with wisdom? Because giving is an intentional exchange! It is an act of giving with expectation. That is why Paul spoke about giving as “sowing.” When a seed is placed into the ground, there is an expectation that you will yield whatever you place in the ground. That is what giving is! When we give to missionaries, to our local church, and even to friends in need, we have an expectation that as we give freely and from our hearts, that the Lord will provide what we are in need of so that we may become a flowing spring of generosity, not just for ourselves, but for every person in our sphere of influence.
An important fact to remember: God doesn’t need our money! In fact, Philippians 4:19 says, And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Emphasis added). God’s economy is infinite. Our money cannot increase or decrease His economy! So that must mean our giving isn’t about money at all, but about an exchange that produces something! Giving isn’t a losing of our money, but a gift of love! Let’s take a look back at 2 Corinthians 9. Verse 11 says, You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. In other words, when we give (sow) generously, we produce (reap) thanksgiving to God!
Giving is a part of the nature of our God in heaven. Contrary to what may be taught in different circles, our God desires to see us prosper because the world gets to witness His love in action through our giving. In fact, as we give in love, our own needs are met, which may shock the world around us even more! Does giving make us rich? For most people, no. But giving does makes us wealthy! Because as we give, we live out a free-flowing kingdom of heaven mindset that expands into the lives of every person we encounter.
What ways is God challenging you to give? Is it by supporting missions or charitable organizations? Maybe He isn’t challenging your financial giving, but the giving of your time to those who need it?! Share with me the creative ways that God has been growing generosity in your heart!