Thursday, July 4, 2013

Can We Become Wealthy By Giving To God?

There are people who tell us to give to God and he will bless you. Is that really in the Bible?

"Who has ever given to God that God should repay them?" Romans 11:35.
The answer: no one.

We should give to God, church, charities and good service organizations not because we will bribe God to bless us but because it is the right thing to do. We should give out of gratitude and as an act of worship to God and service to others. We should see giving as an opportunity to be a blessing to others.

It is ridiculous to think we could put God in our debt by giving paltry money to him. He created diamonds, and gold was his idea. He already owns all things and if there was something he didn't own he could make it out of nothing.

"Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me." Job 41:11.

God may bless us, but not for throwing money at him. He blesses us because he loves us. He has laid down terms of specific blessing in the Bible.

Many Bible verses talk about the attitude of the heart behind our giving.

Just to list a few attitudes God promises to reward.

God looks at our motivation and blesses our giving because of our attitude. If giving to God was a way to create wealth it would be unfair of God who first give the wealth to a person then asks for it back to then give them more. It would be unfair for those in poor communities or suffer disabilities.

God in love considers not the giving but the heart behind the giving. The poorest person may be rich in heart with no money to give but still receive God's blessing. It is just and fair for everybody that God blesses the heart attitude behind the giving and rewards the nobler attitude.