When a farmer sows seed, doesn’t he expect to receive a harvest?
In case you didn’t know, God is a generous God and He expects us to generous too. But it doesn’t stop there, God promises that when we give generously, we will be blessed. I can just hear some people, “But we shouldn’t give to get“. Okay, please tell me why not?!?!? When a farmer sows seed, doesn’t he expect to receive a harvest? Wouldn’t that farmer be totally irresponsible and negligent, if he didn’t reap that harvest? It is no different with giving financially, or with giving other things. You can be extremely generous, but unless you are receiving a harvest, at some point you are going to run out and if you do not have much to start with, that is going to happen sooner rather than later. At which point you will not be able to help in the way that you would like to help.
The generous soul will be made rich.
But let me back up what I am saying by going to God’s Word. Here are some verses that speak of what will happen to generous people (all references in this list are taken from the New King James Version, as the King James Version does not use the word ‘generous’):
- “The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11:25
- “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
- “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Why is giving and expecting something back so taboo?
From these three verses alone, you can see that there is always a reward – a harvest – for our giving. So why is it considered wrong to expect to receive that harvest? Why is giving and expecting something back so taboo? Allow me to enlighten you: It is because the devil doesn’t want us to get anything back (or better still not to give at all). He has sold us the lie, that if we give and expect nothing in return we are being humble. In reality however, what we are doing is expecting that God’s Word will not come to pass. Fulfilling what Jesus said in Mark 7:13, “In this way the teaching you pass on to others cancels out the word of God” (Good News Translation).
It is God providing way more than enough and then some.
But lets take a look at what the Bible has to say about God’s generosity. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11). God’s heart is to give good things to us – we just need to ask! Deuteronomy 28:11 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition tells us, “The Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity” – now that’s generosity! It is not God providing just enough for our daily bread, but not enough to actually put any jam on the bread, as religion teaches. It is God providing way more than enough, and then some.
A millionaire is in a far better position to help people with needs than a pauper.
Before I continue, let me say something: please bear with me and approach this with a open mind. I know that there will be some people reading this, who will be totally against any form of financial prosperity and will think that expecting a return makes you self-centred. On the contrary tbough, it is extremely selfish to give, and not to expect a return, to not believe for financial prosperity. How can you believe for enough for only your basic needs to be met, when there are other people out there who have needs too? A millionaire is in a far better position to help people with needs, than a pauper. I realise that is going to offend some people, but it needs to be said.
God paves the streets of Heaven with gold.
The other thing I want to mention, is that if you are satisfied with poor living now, Heaven is going to be a major culture shock to you! Haven’t you heard that God paves the streets of Heaven with gold? When an angel shows you to your heavenly mansion, are you going to say, “Oh, I couldn’t possibly live there! Isn’t there a shack anywhere I could live in?” Stop thinking with a poverty mindset and start thinking how God thinks.
God is no respecter of persons.
OK, let’s continue looking at God’s generosity. Genesis 24:35 in the New Living Translation tells us how God had blessed Abraham, “The Lord has greatly blessed my master and made him a rich man“. Bear in mind that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). There is no reason that God will not do the same for you that He did for Abraham – if you will believe Him for it. Look at Deuteronomy 33:23, “O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord” and Psalm 145:7, “The news of your rich goodness is no secret” (The Voice).
It follows that if God is generous, we are also supposed to be generous.
The Bible leaves us in no doubt that God is extremely generous. “[God] did not even keep back his own Son, but offered him for us all! He gave us his Son—will he not also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, Good News Translation). The Message translation of Ephesians 5:1 says, “Watch what God does, and then you do it“. So it follows, that if God is generous, we also are supposed to be generous – and the plan is that we get blessed in the process.
You are not giving with selfish motives.
Receiving a harvest is God’s way of keeping things going. Without a harvest, your giving will come to an abrupt halt. Don’t let the devil use religious arguments to talk you out of what God has for you. Let’s be clear, you are not giving with selfish motives. You are not giving because of what you can get out of it. You are giving because you want to bless someone, a church, a ministry, or whatever. But also, you should be expecting a return on your giving, in order that you can keep giving. And yes, you will be blessed yourself as part of the process – but if that’s God’s will (and it is), why complain about it! Of course if you really want to live a meager life on the poverty line (although I don’t know why you would when you don’t have to), you can always give away everything that you receive that could be classed as a harvest, and just leave enough for your basic needs.
Post Script: If you are still unsure of whether you should be prosperous, I highly recommend you read this blog post titled, ‘Financial Prosperity: An Alien Gospel….Really?‘ from Faith’s Messenger. You will see that not only is it permissible for you to be prosperous, but you actually need to be prosperous.
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