God's Promises To The Giver
God promises happiness to the giver. "...It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35.) He also promises blessing. "He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9:6.) Let's notice several scriptures where God makes promises to the giver.
Promises from the Old Testament: Proverbs 3:9-10 - "Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine." Give your possessions to God. Honor Him with the first and best you have. The promised blessings will follow. "So your barns will be filled with plenty, and yours vats will overflow with new wine."
Proverbs 11:24-25 - "There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself." God promise increase to the one who scatters or gives what he has. God also promised blessing withheld from the one who fails to give. If you give you will be blessed. "He who waters will also be watered himself."
Proverbs 19:17 - "He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given." How could it be plainer? "The Lord will pay back what is given" to the poor.
Malachi 3:10 - "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this, Says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it." God said, test me, try me and prove me with your giving. God's promise to the faithful giver is, "...I will open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it."
Promises from the New Testament: Luke 6:38 - "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." Give and you receive for your giving good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. God gives to you with the same measure you use in your giving. He also uses people in giving to you.
2 Corinthians 9:6 - "But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." How you reap or what you receive depends on what you give! Do you believe what God says about giving?
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 - "Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God." God promised both to supply the "seed sown" and increase the fruit of your righteousness. He promised to enrich the faithful giver in all things. Do you believe what God says about giving?
Scriptural giving is not just some optional thing. It is a part of all things commanded by Jesus which must be taught every Christian. "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20.) Are you faithful in your giving?
To become a Christian you must hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus (John 8:24), repent of sins (Luke 13:3), confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-4). Jesus gave so you can be saved. Will you give so you can be saved?
By Charles Box,