Discipleship | Lesson 11 | Devotion 4
II Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Throughout the history of the church, giving has been taught and preached by many. In today’s society where everything cost money, giving is preached on quite regularly by most pastors, denominations, and churches. Many people who stand and speak on giving will talk about the benefits of it or the command behind giving or the attitude of our giving. Because of all the talk about giving, most Christians respond by giving, and they have one of the three following attitudes about their giving. Unfortunately, only one of these attitudes is Biblical. Let’s take a closer look at three attitudes of giving:
Have to give. Somewhere along the way, this type of giver only saw the command to give. They are scared not to give. They give the least they can and they walk out the door thinking they have done their duty for God this week. This Christian never experiences the fulfillment of true Biblical giving, nor do they recognize the blessings that come in return from giving.
Give to get. Giving is not our lucky rabbit’s foot. Sometimes, giving can be portrayed as something that we do to get something in return. The Christian who holds this attitude sees giving as a good luck charm and not the joy and privilege that it truly is. The truth is, giving does result in some blessings but not all of them are financial. Sometimes God blesses us financially not in what He gives to us, but in what He keeps from us. For instance, you may never know until Heaven all of the financial woes that God could have kept you from you. Giving is more than a chance to get, it is simply a chance to give!
Get to give. Unfortunately, very few Christians ever experience this Biblical attitude of giving. A get to give Christian will see their giving through the lens of the Gospel. They will recognize all that God has done for them, and they will see their giving as opportunity to give back. They will give to see others brought to Jesus, they will give to help others, and they will give cheerfully as the Bible mentions.
Truly, giving is an opportunity and a privilege. May we understand that our giving is not just a command and not just a chance to receive, but it is a chance for us to show our love for Christ. We get a chance to joyfully give to a God who sent His Son to save our souls.