“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son” – John 3: 16a ESV
The issue I’ve had to deal with for the longest of time as far as giving is concerned, was the issue of giving with the intentions of receiving something in return for my giving. You know the familiar sayings; “You rub my back, I rub yours,” or, “If you do this for me, I will do that for you,”. This was me when giving, whether to GOD or to anyone. What I never realized in all of this was that my mentality when it comes to giving had conditions attached to it. I can safely say that I was not necessarily giving but I was instead making transactions. I would give, not because I willingly wanted to but rather, because I expected to receive something for my giving, this meant that my giving was conditional. So, whenever I would give, I would carefully wait to see what is coming my way and if it’s worth what I had initially before giving. There is nothing that discouraged me from giving more than that. I started slacking because I saw no immediate results of my giving and because I felt like what I received was just not worth what I had given.
Giving from the heart means just that, giving without expecting anything in return. It’s true that there are promises that God has for those who give. He has promised us that He will bless us abundantly, He will secure us and establish us. Giving should not necessarily be about what we will get after giving. We have to come to a point where we give because we are honoring GOD, because it’s an act of humility and obedience to GOD. We must come to a point where our giving is not determined or influenced by what we might get in return. GOD freely gave us His son and He expected no sacrificial offering from us instead He did it out of the love He has for us. That is what you do when you love someone, you give without expecting anything in return. Giving to GOD, to the ministry or to others should be an act of love and not a money transaction. Inability to freely give to Christ whether it’s your money, time or possessions says a lot about the love you have for Him. Receiving should not be your motive for giving, love should be. The blessings that come with giving should just be a bonus.
Giving to GOD, to the ministry or to others should be an act of love and not a money transaction.