Giving is a fundamental principle to riches or obtaining of anything from God. As a church and as individuals we need to refocus on our sacrifices towards God which is an evidence of our faith towards God. This is nothing special because premised on the truth of other disciples, we love him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). It is therefore a response to the recognition his love. Giving is also based on the principle: he that will keep his life shall lose it but he that shall lose his life shall gain it (Matthew 16:25). Giving can be viewed from the standpoints of Quantity and Quality. Some display what many can term much love that is lacking in any sense of devotion or quality; others may show much devotion but expressed far and far between as might be termed by some to be lacking in quality.
Quantity in Giving
Giving above all is a measure of our love or gratitude for his love towards us: he that is forgiven much loveth much. The case of Mary magdalene is referenced whenever the matter of love for the master is spoken of. This is not because her sin though grievous, was not the worst of all sins, but that she knew the depth from which she had been lifted (Luke 7:37- end).
She knew who she was and who she now is become by his grace and so is willing to give her all. She could have said: now without prostitution, how shall I make money easily? I better keep it aside since I can no longer gain such money. But no! She rather gave it all and poured it all out at his feet. The response from Jesus was remarkable as well as dramatic. Anywhere men have given their all to God, He always responded in kind. We recall Stephen, who willingly gave up his life, crying, Lord, lay not this to their charge (Acts 7:60). God is faithful. Hence, our grasp of his goodness and mercy motivates our brethren to pour out themselves as water.
People who give rightly are rarely motivated by what they would receive. No, I do not believe their first thought or motive is the promise of pressed down, shaken together and running over addition of other men’s wealth (Luke 6:38) which does come; but it is rather a whole hearted devotion to the Lord whom they love fiercely. God help us to love him more!
Quality of Giving
But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen. Malachi 1:14.
God challenges us further on the quality of our sacrifice or offerings. Everyone has the level he must offer but for everyone it should be the best as is often symbolized by a male offering without blemish in the book of Leviticus chapter 1. A burnt offering is that which we totally give to the Lord and from which he receives a sweet smelling savour wholly for him. There is the liberty to access and bring:
‘If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord’ (Lev. 1:3). OR ‘And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish’ (Lev. 1:10). OR And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the Lord be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons (Lev. 1:14).
Certain words in this scripture are significant:
Male offering : traditional, religiously superior
Without blemish: Not resulting from sin
At the door of the tabernacle: there was the altar of burnt offering made of brass mirrors. There before the priests, the quality or worth of the sacrifice is examined before the Lord.The Holy Ghost judges the very intents of our hearts.
It shall be willingly offered, it shall be male, without blemish, and there is possibility that all cannot offer on the same level and lastly they bring it to the door of the tabernacle before the Lord to access whether that is worthy. It means the Spirit of God must search our hearts whether we offer to the Lord that which costs us something. Should I bring a pigeon if I can bring a calf or a sheep and vice versa? Also, it is clear that no matter how poor at least a pigeon can be afforded.
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
The last phrase in the above says you will be given according to how you have given to the Lord. I challenge you my friend, to judge how you have responded to the Lord in the area of giving in all its ramifications. If you want the best from God, you must give your best to him. This is your Faith towards God. This is your utmost for Christ. He loved you and gave himself for you. What do you give to him?