Written by The Transition on 14/04/2021
The King James definition of a giver gives a donor; a bestower; a grantor; one who imparts or distributes. The Google definition of a giver is someone who gives something to another. Sponsor, subscriber, donor, contributor, provider. Giving is a biblical principle, people associate giving with mainly finances. So many rich people understand the principle of giving and the power it has. Giving is something that we should do daily. Be it our love, effort, time, finances, you name it! There are also financial biblical ways of giving, Offering, Alms, Tithe, Grace.
We need to be aware of the different ways to give and set boundaries to protect how we give. Meaning, when we pursue the act of giving, we must protect ourselves to not give excessively? Giving excessively can burn you out. Boundaries need to be set so that you as a giver, understand that what you give might not be given back. If you are a consistent giver of your love, time, finances, efforts, whatever you want to give, these boundaries will help protect the good that you give. Giving needs to be a good thing and it needs to come from the heart. Being a good giver allows you to disregard that expectation of receiving something back in return. Jesus is a great example of this; 1 John 3:16 NLT – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
Let’s look at the biblical types of giving. The biblical types of giving as mentioned before are Alms, Tithe, Offering, Grace, Time. Alms is anything given to relieve the poor some would say charity work, however, it’s an expectation God has for us to look for the needs of the less fortunate. And it must be done from our hearts and not for show. Matthew 6:1 NKJV – Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
Tithing is giving 10% of your increase, the tithe belongs to God. This is a principle that we must put first. An important principle that we should obey as Christians. When we do tithe, we should give cheerfully 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV – “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.” Tithing means you’re being obedient to God, so you should give without expecting anything in return. An offering is giving over and above our tithe, this is different from the 10% that must be given to God, a freewill gift. Grace giving is something that is done through God. This isn’t something we don’t necessarily have a decision on. Grace giving is when God supernaturally enables you to give beyond your power. Limitless as to how much God can give through you once you surrender to Him.
So, we need to remember when you are in a moment of giving, make sure you follow Godly principles, understand what they are and be that good giver.