“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself” (King James Version, Proverbs 11:24-25).
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).
“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. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;” (2 Corinthians 9:6-12).
In the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses, let every word be established. The three passages listed above bear witness of a crucial but often neglected truth. The truth is that God has promised to bless us financially when we give financially. We see this presented both under the old and new covenants. God has promised to bless the generous.
Why has this truth been neglected? It is certainly taught in churches. This teaching is a direct test of the Christian’s faith. In order to live in this truth you must tear down the idol of money, believe God over what seems to be common sense, and you must step out in faith and “seemingly” jeopardize your financial security.
There is no “natural” law that says that you will be financially blessed through your giving. This is a spiritual law! As followers of Christ, we know that the spiritual is more powerful than the natural. In fact, all that is natural was created first in the spiritual realm. But to the disbelieving mind, to give away money always leads to a financial loss. The unbeliever may give away money to help others, but they do not expect to receive anything from their giving. To them, it may simply be a nice thing to do.
To some, money is God. Their bank accounts provide for their every need. They do not see money as something that God uses, they see money as an end in itself. When ever a problem is encountered, this type of person instantly thinks of their financial resources. They then try to pay their way out of any uncomfortable situation. The act of giving, to this type of person, simply diminishes the only resource that they have and leaves them vulnerable in the event of a crisis.
The Christian must realize that God is their source for all things. Yes, God does use material means to bless us, but he is the source. We must also know that God’s word is more powerful than our circumstances, and everything is subject to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Act as if God’s word is true, because it is true. Give, and it will most certainly be given unto you.