“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Giving is a fundamental spiritual principle that God set on this earth by which we are to prosper. If you are ever going to experience God’s best you are going to have to develop the heart of a giver. The scripture tells us that God so loved the world that He gave…. This scripture reveals two major principles of the heart of a giver that you need to master in order experience God’s best.
The first principle reveals that the motivating factor for giving is love. If love is not the foundation of our giving then we cannot operate in faith. Faith works through love (Galatians 5:6) and if we give under any other motive the manifestation process is not guaranteed by the Word. There are many reasons why people give: greed, pride, for control, guilt, necessity, etc… None of these motives have the backing of the scripture to produce a kingdom harvest. Our seed is to be someone’s harvest and if you look at it biblically we are being used by God to meet the receivers need. Why? Because God loves them, and so should we.
The second principle is to have an expectation of a return. God expected a return on His seed and so should we. He gave His Son with the expectation of receiving what we know today as the body of Christ. It is ungodly to give and not expect to receive. In fact if we give without releasing faith to receive, our gift really does not please God, neither does it get His attention (Hebrews 11:6). It is the fallacy of religion to give an offering without an expectation of a return. Worldly philanthropic philosophy infers that we should give to mankind solely out of an obligation to help others. Its basis for giving rest upon humanism not kingdom. It removes God from the picture and places the motive and the source for giving on man alone. Although you may receive a return, it is frowned upon to expect one. Christians who give under this philosophy are not giving in line with the scriptures.
These two principles are effective in all the giving scriptures. Every giving scripture contains two elements; a principle and a promise. If you obey the principle of the scripture then you become entitled to the promise at the point of obedience. For example Proverbs 28:27 states “He who gives to the poor (principle) shall not lack (promise)…. The motive for obeying the principle (giving to the poor) is love. The vehicle for receiving the promise (you shall not lack) is faith which requires an expectation that God will keep His Word.
So examine your seed today. What is the motive behind your giving? Is your giving in vain or are you in great expectation of the promise? Keep these questions in your heart and you are on your way to developing the heart of a giver.
I am Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.