Proverbs.11:24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.Matthew 6:4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Proverbs 21:26…the righteous gives and does not hold back.
When it comes to giving we can take a survey and ask what giving means. And we will come up with many different answers. Instead of that let’s take a real deep look into our hearts. Giving is a heart-matter period!
When you and I give we give for reason with expectations. I mean let’s be honest with ourselves shall we. We give waiting for something rather it be possession or a favor back, we are always expecting something back. We even wait to hear someone say thank you to us and if they don’t respond then we say that they are ungrateful. But it’s that a form of expecting something?
We struggle giving to God, we play games with God with our manipulations. We say things like God if you do this or get me out of this mess then I promise I will be in church or if you heal me I will pray everyday, if you fix my marriage I will read your word daily. Who do we think we are fooling we can’t fool God He sees right through that manipulation. If we really meant to give then when people don’t say ‘thank you. It wouldn’t have bothered us, but because they showed no appreciation we got upset. That is not a spirit of giving what it really shows is that our heart really wasn’t in the right place to give.
We give away our possessions like our old clothes, furniture to rescue missions and the moment we drop them off we want a receipt so we can get a tax right off. Again always expecting something in return. Jesus tells that when we give to the poor we are not to tell anyone, when we give we do it for the love of Christ not for ourselves. If we give all for the sake of receiving a reward from man than we are no different from those who prayed in the synagogues to be noticed by man, for they have already received their reward.
Many of us really do have good hearts and only God knows a man’s heart. But even in our good deeds and judgement we really don’t know how to give like Christ does. That is why each day we must allow the Holy Spirit to teach us how to give like He does. Begin today letting the spirit teach you how to give like Jesus gives to you all day long.