6 May 2014
Often we think that giving is a one way act of giving to another person and not receiving anything in return. Of course i’m not talking about giving with the purpose of exacting back a favour or return – but truly giving out of generosity and good intention without expecting anything back.
But the bible is good authority to believe that godly giving is a two way street. The giver receives as much if not more than the giver provides. The receiver is also blessed by the gift and may one day have the opportunity to give to others as well.
Godly giving breaks the chains of economics. Living in a world running on profit and gain, work and reward, no free lunches and cut throat business, is daunting and tiresome. We all have to live and cope with the economics of this world which can sometimes be unfair. But i believe the act of giving freely whether in terms of money, time or service, is a chip in the armour of this economic giant we are enslaved to.
2 Corinthians 8 and 9 puts this act of giving in beautiful summary.
para-phrasing: “But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you – see that you excel in this act of grace also…..For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance a the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack….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. 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.”
Lord, thank you for letting me know that giving is not a one way street but a two way street – enriching both the giver and recipient. I acknowledge that you are the ultimate provider and you rejoice in the grace of giving because you have also shown us grace in giving us your Son, Lord Jesus. Help me understand and apply this in my life.