Natural Born Giver
One fact that remains to be proven is, our giving is directly correlated with how we view God. Is this a coincidence? Absolutely not! Our giving is the one area that God gave us permission to test Him in. “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this, ‘Says the LORD of hosts,’ If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).
But why did God set it up this way? Was it for us to give so we could get what we want? No. As we give, something miraculous takes place! We literally partner with Heaven in God’s perfect will. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). What an honor it is to give! Yet our mentality as God’s children is often to find more reasons not to give, than to give. In all honesty, we can behave as spoiled children with a hand out in privilege rather than heirs in the kingdom of God.
Giving as most people think, has to do totally with money. That thinking limits God in our life. Giving was never meant to be about money. Giving was meant to be about partnering with our Heavenly Father as we give of our time, our talents and gifting, as well as our finances. Why is it so hard to give of ourselves? I don’t believe the answer is quite what we may think. I believe the answer exists in our relationship with God. Everything we do…all that we are…our whole identity hinges upon our relationship with God.
I learned firsthand that what I believe about myself has to do with what I believe God thinks about me. As we reminisce about my last blog about truth, we are reminded that truth does not change because we do. It is firm. Unshaken. In Jeremiah, God said, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). So regardless of what I think, God still has a plan of a future that He wants to give me! If that remains the filter through which I process my every thought, action, and purpose, then one thing will be sure, I will be a giver.
I don’t give because He gives to me. I give because I have relationship with Him. I never have to worry about my future. He has secured it. I don’t need to hold on to the things in my life with a closed fist. I am free to give because I know as I give, through me, others get a glimpse of the Father that cherishes me more than I could ever understand.
So today, as evaluate your giving, allow God to shed light on those areas you may be holding closed because of fear. Let Him mold you into the giver He created you to be. Allow Him to use you as beacon of hope in a world so dark. That area you desire to serve in inside of your church, step out. That friend you want to give a gift to, give it. You were created to be a giver, because your Father is. “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Give. That’s who you are.