The Love for God in a Giver
The love for God in a giver is the sincere effort by a person exemplifying the divine nature of God in Christ Jesus. After receiving all that the love of God has brought to life, one now seeks to reciprocate to God. Meaning, the love of God now triggers the love for God in a Christian--- as the saying goes: we love Him because He first loved us. You have also heard: blood in blood out. Or, love in love out. But how can you really show God your love? And by what means can your love be shed abroad Godâ€™s own heart too like His in yours?
The answer is simple. Do exactly like He has done: Give! It is one of the eternal gospel commands and shall remain an everlasting commandment of God. To demonstrate this, Jesus (Luke 6:38) therefore declares, Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will men put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. Being that you say you are indeed a Christian, can you see now that giving is to Christianity what tithing was to Judaism? Moreover, the two practices cannot be mixed at any time. Those are the words of Christ which he says repeatedly that they are not His but the Fatherâ€™s who sent Him.
Precisely, giving inherently provides the checks and balance scales that keep heaven and earth in harmony. On the one hand, a person maintains a faith based vertical reporting relationship to God. This is possible simply because you give from the heart and your conscience bears witness on the inside that you indeed do partake of the righteousness of God. On the other hand, a person sharpens his or her instincts showing mercy and rendering justice through the horizontal human to human interactions and accountability. Again, this is possible owing to the fact that the people you bless by giving are not judged by you as undeserving of your gifts regardless of their lifestyles. Hence, you show people mercy. Moreover, by giving, you help to replenish that which the enemy, using situations and circumstances, either stole or tried to prevent them from getting. Hence, through giving, you show godly justice to people. A lot of times, when you give, it is in fact an answer to someoneâ€™s prayer that day.
Giving enrolls you in the divine human network system. Unbeknownst to many, humanity has, since the manhood of Jesus Christ, entered into divine arrangements. It is written in the gospel that by one man, the second Adam--- Christ--- righteousness has entered the world. Also, He became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. So giving is indeed a divine act. It definitely promotes altruism in humanity.
It causes you to activate, stir up and equally tap the providential force field in the human universe. Through this force field, the alchemy of Godâ€™s providence works miraculously to meet both your needs and that of others. This is quite analogous to the economic concept of supply and demand by Adam Smith. Accordingly, Adam Smith alluded to the fact of the invisible hands in the free market place arranging the supply and demand to produce equilibrium. In the same fashion, the Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 8:12-14) by the Holy Spirit says, For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack--- that there may be equality.
Certainly, giving should be carried out by apportionment. This is not my wise opinion at all. It is truly a divine recommendation by the gospel. Meaning, the gospel recommends how giving should be appropriated as illustrated below:
â€˘ Concerning Pastors and headship (1 Tim. 5:17) of the church, it is written: Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, you shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain, and the laborer is worthy of his wages. Most importantly, take note of what is written in 1 Cor. 9:7-11 for Pastoral care.
â€˘ Concerning Workers in ministry (1 Thess. 5:12-13) in the church, it is written: And we urge you brethren to recognize those who labor among you and are over in the Lord and admonish you, and esteem them very highly in love for their workâ€™s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
â€˘ Concerning church care (1 Cor. 16:1-2) for the membership, it is written: Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: on the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
â€˘ Concerning church outreach (2 Cor. 9:5-10) to communities and nations, it is written: â€¦he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giverâ€¦.Now may He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.
Clearly, you can see from the above gospel scriptures, both a faith based vertical reporting relationship to God---for God loves a cheerful giver---and a horizontal human to human interactions and accountability---he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. In practice, you will find.....