I suppose our motivation for generosity should be selfless. But even Jesus gave us motivation to give — Give and it shall be given. So gaining by giving is a principle that’s okay in the Scriptures. God does provide blessing to us in return for our generosity with what He’s given us.
Walt Henrichsen, our mentor mentioned before in this blog, also stimulated us with his devotional, “God Blesses the Generous.”
“You will note that throughout Scripture God admonishes His people not to neglect the poor. God’s unequal distribution of gifts, abilities, intellect, and circumstances ensures the presence of the poor in every age. The Apostle Paul collected contributions for ‘the poor saints in Jerusalem’ at least twice in his ministry. (There will always be some in the land who are poor. That ’s why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.” — Deut. 15:11)
When God commands the Hebrews to remember the poor He says, “Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do” (Deut. 15:10) God promises that if His followers will remember the poor, He will personally guarantee their blessing.
- But in what form will the blessing come?
- Will it more than make up for the act of generosity?
- Will the blessing come in this life, or in the life to come?
If we could answer these questions in a way that ensured God’s meeting our expectations, we would compete with one another in our endeavor to give to the poor. Because we walk by faith, we cannot. Thus, a stingy, miserly spirit indicates an unwillingness to walk by faith.”
So if If beggars are confronting you; if people are asking you to borrow money; if you have a conscience issue every time this happens, then maybe these thoughts are helpful to you as they are to me. Just give it, and then trust God to give back to you. But don’t define how that “blessing back” will be given. And by doing this, we caregivers will be “in the shoes” of many Missionaries and Pastors who visit our Care Centers, or who we meet on the field.