How To Give (Pt. 1)

Giving is such an essential part of human existence and life in this world. Someone once said: “Giving is essential to self-respect. To be in a situation where you can only receive, [and] not give, is to lack human dignity” (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks).

In giving, one transfers possession of something abstract, or concrete (tangible) to another. Giving is in its purest sense, an expression of love. The purpose of giving is to improve the lives of others.

God’s Word has much to say about giving because of its indispensability and the vital role it plays in human existence.  In this article, I wish to highlight a few God-thoughts on ‘How To Give’. The attitude, disposition, preparation and motives culminating in our eventual release of our substance to others is of great importance to God.

God doesn’t just want us to give. He wants us to ‘give well’. To ‘give well’ is to give with a right attitude, disposition and with pure motives.

 

Conditions for Giving Well

Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a group of people who were eager to help others by their giving. With his words (in 2 Corinthians Ch. 9, vs 1-15), I would highlight the conditions for giving well:

“There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people. For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

 1. Give willingly

This is the definition of generosity. The dictionary definition of generosity is: “The trait of being willing to give your money [or possessions] or time (WordWeb). The attitude of your heart at the time of giving should be willing, that is unforced or uncoerced.

2. Give with readiness and eagerness to promote the cause for which you are giving.

Commendable giving is carried out with an eagerness to help. Paul’s audience were clearly eager to help other believers. Paul states explicitly concerning them: “For I know your eagerness to help…”.

3. Plan your giving in advance.

Planning your giving in advance is a prerequisite for generous giving.

4. Prepare in advance for acts of generosity.

Without preparation to give, giving is prone to be carried out grudgingly. Depending on what you intend to give and the size or monetary value of what you intend to give, you may need to prepare for days, weeks, months or years. This will help you make all the needed arrangements so you won’t be forced or hurried at the last minute.

5. Give generously

a) A generous person gives more of something than is usual or expected.

b) A generous person is friendly, helpful and willing to see blessings come to someone or something.

c) A generous amount of something is much larger than is usual or expected.

6. Give as you have purposed in your heart and mind to give.

“Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion…” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

7. Give cheerfully.

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

8. Give joyously.

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

9. Give promptly.

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

10. Let your heart be in your giving.

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s