Giving to Give
by Rev. Tom Gray
The discipline of giving is a blessing to the one who gives, even as it is to the one who receives. That goes a bit against the grain of common assumptions. After all, if you give something away it is a loss for you and a gain for the recipient.
The truth is, we are blessed when we give. The Bible teaches that Christians should give a percentage of what we earn to God’s work and, I would suggest, a percentage of our time. Jesus, God’s son, came to Earth and gave not ten percent, but one hundred percent of his life and work when He died on the cross.
With that gift, given through the cross to forgive sin, is eternal life for those who follow Jesus. So, give with an open and happy heart. Giving out of a heart grateful for what Jesus has done multiplies spiritual joy to that heart.
When I first began to give the way God has commanded us, I found not a loss, but great blessing. It’s not in the form of a return on our “investment,” but in a strengthening of our spirit and faith. What we give is not returned in kind, but magnified and multiplied in terms of blessing—for us and the recipient.
When God commands us to give he does so with blessing in mind for all because it is what He has already done for us.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?