How giving could be beneficial

We were taught how to subtract in primary school: take away, and you have less than when you started. Contrary to the laws of mathematics, God tells us that when we give, we’ll receive even more in return. The Holy Scriptures in the gospel; of Luke in chapter 6 verses 38 says “give and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

God’s design for giving requires that we depend on His revelation, not our own reason. Logic tells us to check the bank account before deciding how much to offer. The Bible, in the book of Deuteronomy however, states that all wealth belongs to the Lord and we’re to give back to Him the first fruits of our labour.

When we obey, we trust Him to provide and care for us—which sometimes means that we choose to ignore what makes sense, humanly speaking. God doesn’t always provide in the manner we expect or hope. Instead, He satisfies our needs and blesses in the way He knows will truly be best for us.

When facing financial hardship, we can be tempted to justify hoarding our resources. But God, understanding the situation perfectly, requires us to give not simply out of our surplus but also out of our need. Looking in the Scriptures in the book of 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 verses 2, the Macedonian church, for example, gave generously even while they were experiencing affliction. This was pleasing to the Lord because they were giving in faith.

Ask God what He’d like you to give to Him. Pray for the courage to obey. Then eagerly await His blessings.
The more skilled you are at a task, the more you enjoy it. When an orchestra adeptly plays a masterpiece, an accomplished musician will derive greater pleasure from listening than would a person with an untrained ear. You might be surprised to learn the same is true of giving.

God has many reasons for us to give. First, returning a portion of our wealth to the Lord acknowledges that everything actually belongs to Him. This is confirmed through Scriptures in Psalms chapter 50 verses 10, “For all the beast of the forest is mine and the cattle upon a thousand hills, say the Lord God.”

Second, giving is a way to demonstrate that we are obeying Him as seen in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 16 verses 17, “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which He has given you.”

Third, contributing to a ministry or helping the needy is participation in kingdom work, which brings us deep joy. Fourth, our offerings are an opportunity for God to reveal His character to us and those around us; as we demonstrate generosity, He faithfully provides for our needs and blesses us abundantly. Over and over again, the saying “You can’t outgive God” proves true.

Giving involves more than our money. God has blessed us with talents, time, and resources—along with plenty of opportunities to share them with others. It’s important to rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance to know what, to whom, and how much we should give.

Remember, the Lord is continuously giving to us: salvation, comfort, encouragement, life, and countless other blessings. We’re indebted to Him and should give back, not out of obligation but with a heart of gratitude and joy.

Ask God to reveal any selfishness or other hindrance to sharing—and to help you become more skilled at giving.

The author is a graduate student of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.