When we open the Holy Bible to Deuteronomy 16:17, there’s a short verse that is packed full of truth about giving. It reads:
“Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.”
This short verse actually reveals the reasons and purposes of why we as Christians give to the Lord. I must acknowledge that it was from this message of Pastor David Dimayuga delivered at Emmanuel Church Ministries way back in 2007 that I was blessed to learn these valuable lessons.
1. The Requirements : Who are the ones supposed to do the giving?
Well since the verse clearly states, “Each of you” is means that all believers are expected by God to give, So if you are reading this and you do not believe in God or Jesus Christ, then it does not apply to you. It is however applicable to all of us Christians or “believers”. Indeed, everyone everywhere has something to give or offer to God.
2. The Response: How are we supposed to respond to the goodness God has showered in our lives?
The next part of the verse states, “bring a gift” – as way of responding or showing gratitude to God. Now the gift does not necessarily mean “money or finances”. It is actually anything that you can offer to God, and these can be your time, talent or treasure.
3. The Rewards: Are those who give rewarded?
The last part of the verse states, “ the way the Lord your God has blessed you..” It actually implies that the Lord has already blessed you even though you haven’t even given Him anything yet. So how much more will He bless you when you do give Him back the best of your time, talent and treasure?
According to 2 Corinthians 9:8
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
Yes! The Lord certainly rewards and blesses us even more when we give to Him. And mind you, “blessings” are not limited to financial assets only. A blessing is anything God gives to make our relationships with Him more intimate. It is His divine way of showing and expressing love for us.
the act of giving has very little to do with money.
Rather, it has everything to do with an intimate relationship with God. We must keep in mind that it is not the amount of the gist or offering that matters to God, but rather the amount of love that goes with the offering