For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:21
What Happens When You Give?
1. You fulfill your purpose
You were created in the image of God.
What this means is that we are all stamped with God’s image. There is something about us that is like God. You know children that look like their father - we say things like, “He has his daddy’s eyes...” That’s what this is. We bear a resemblance to our Father.
And our God is generous. He is a giving God.
If we were made in his image and He is generous, then we were created to be generous -- Just like our Father.
There is something wired inside of you for generosity. This is why we look at stinginess and cringe. You may not always feel generous, but you were created that way.
When you give, you are doing what you were created to do... we don’t give out of guilt, but out of purpose.
2. You say thank you
We want our kids - or your parents wanted you - to be people who are grateful - who say thank you. Whether it was something small like a candy bar or something large like a birthday or Christmas present - say thank you.
When it comes to giving, one of the things we are doing is expressing gratitude to God. One of the things that we know - we get a little bit of amnesia with this occasionally - is that everything we have is from God in the first place. What we have is a gift from God - in His grace He has provided for us.
When we give - we are saying, “Thank you for taking care of me.”
3. You position yourself to receive blessing
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4.19
It’s hard to understand, but when we align our hearts with God’s through giving, there are blessings that come our way.
God is a generous God, giving us all kinds of blessings.
Sometimes, these are financial blessings. Other times, they aren’t financial blessings. But when we give, we put ourselves in a position to receive those blessings.
4. You gain perspective
Here’s a truth - people often regret money they spent, but rarely regret money they gave. You never miss money that you gave away.
Spending money can be fun - new clothes, car, stuff - but ultimately, those things don’t satisfy. But when we give or serve with our money, we gain a new perspective for what really matters: where our money flows, our heart goes.
So when you give, you’re making an intentional statement that something matters. This thing over here, that person over there, God’s mission through this church…it matters. It deserves my attention, focus and support. But you’re also saying that you trust God is going to take care of you.
We can say we trust God, but when we give we are demonstrating our trust.
5. You partner with God
Here’s a truth that you probably have realized at one point in your life: God doesn’t need your money. Really... He doesn’t need your money.
Let’s be honest - if God wanted our money, He would just take it - and what argument would we have against Him?
God doesn’t need your permission to access your resources. If he knows how many hairs are on our head, he knows our online banking password.
God does need us, but he invites us to join Him. Because He’s God, He doesn't need us, but he wants us.
While God doesn’t need us, He invites us to participate.
And when you give, that’s what you’re doing. You join with God in his mission in the world.