“…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed [and brings greater joy] to give than to receive.’ ” – Acts 20:35b AMP
I’ve heard the kingdom of God often referred to as an upside down kingdom, meaning, what the world disparages, the kingdom esteems and vice versa. Giving is one of those topics that challenge a believer and often testify as to whether one believes GOD’s word for what it is or not, for example, giving when we are experiencing scarcity does not make sense. The Word from the Lord often times will come during a season of scarcity, like with the widow at Zarephath, and tell us to give and not only that we should give but He will also tell us what to give and how to give. It is when we obey that we honour GOD and when we honour Him, He in turn honours us (Proverbs 3:9-10).
Giving is spiritual and it will never make sense to the flesh, and money is one of the things that is a sensitive topic, even with believers, but sadly also testifies of where our hearts are (Matthew 6:21). It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us about giving, when to give, how to give and what to give, that is why a life fully surrendered to Him is true freedom. When we are free, we are able to let go and rely on the provision and resources of heaven (Malachi 3:10-11). This of course also means that our flesh/reasoning will challenge our giving and “needs” that were not there before will start popping up out of nowhere.
One of the buzz words in Christianity is ‘blessing’, everyone wants to be blessed but the true blessing in the kingdom of God is in the giving more than it is in the receiving. We find ourselves only calling ourselves blessed when we have received, when in actual fact we are more blessed when we are giving. This blessing I believe is in the freedom to release what GOD says we must release joyfully and this testifies that we are truly free indeed and that our currency is that of heaven and not that of earth (Matthew 6:19). Once we tap into this currency we know that we will always have more than enough for ourselves and abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
…everyone wants to be blessed but the true blessing in the kingdom of God is in the giving more than it is in the receiving.