THE MOTIVE OF GIVING

To give without any reward or notice has a special quality of its own beyond any reward.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

The Bible encourages giving that is done voluntarily and with the right motive. It shows that such giving benefits not only the recipient but also the giver.

Personally, I hear people ask questions like when is Giving beneficial? Proper or Improper? Is it when it meets the need for which it was sent?

Giving is beneficial when it is done voluntarily. “Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart,” says the Bible, “not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 

Heartfelt giving is part of “the form of true religion” that God approves according to “James 1: ​27” 

A person who generously helps those in need works hand in hand with God, who views such generosity as a loan made to him that He will repay. 

Now, this is a beneficial giving. If it is done out of a will and not under duress, it is a beneficial giving. A beneficial giving takes its satisfaction from the giver’s heart and intent. 

On the other hand, giving becomes improper when it is done with ulterior motives such as 

  • To impress people
  • To receive something in return
  • If it supports activities or attitudes that God condemns. For example, it would be wrong to give someone money to gamble or to misuse drugs or alcohol.
  • If it interferes with a person’s God-given responsibilities. The Bible teaches that family heads must provide for the needs of their household. It would not be right for a family head to give so much to others that he jeopardizes his own household. Similarly, Jesus condemned those who refused to provide for their elderly parents by claiming that all their assets were “a gift dedicated to God.

 

Our focus should be to work in the kingdom’s trail through Godly giving and consequently expand the kingdom by way of scriptural recommendation of giving.

 

Except we work by these principles, our giving might be on the wrong platform even though it could be with the right motive. 

 

Scriptural References

2 Corinthians 9:7, Matthew 6:3-4

 

Reflections

  • In what ways have you given wrongly?
  • Review your current form of giving. Is it impressive or Depressive?

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