The Heart of Giving and Receiving

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Giving is a spiritual principle established by God in the beginning. It is a powerful principle certifying that when we give we also receive — more. Yet some have distorted and abused this divine principle of giving so that the emphasis on our receiving abundance from God has fallen by the wayside. In this study, I want to explain some spiritual truths that will energize for you the spiritual principles of “giving and receiving,” and bring the true light of God’s healing Word to the forefront with logical reasoning that will augment the dynamic teaching of the Scriptures. If you have ever been hassled, dogged, hit up, ridiculed, or begged for money, then this study will truly thrill your heart.

A Christian friend came to me a few years ago with tears in his eyes and when I asked about his sadness, he handed me a note that his minister gave him. It said that he should not be blaming God for car accidents that he would inevitably have, because his minister noticed that he had not been giving much money to his Church lately. My friend was terrified to drive his car, so to avoid an accident he had his daughter drive him to work and back, and everywhere else he needed to go, because he feared that God was out to get him. That horrible note broke his heart, and for a time he was so afraid that, he quit praying to God. (That was after going to Church and praying for nearly sixty years.) I explained to him some of what we will be looking at, and I showed him from the Scriptures why the note he received was untrue.

The Scriptures boldly proclaim that our God is a loving Father, but the Scriptures do not teach that God is the “godfather” extorting protection money from His children. God is love, and light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Unless Scripture is manipulated, we also will not find verses propounding that God will protect us from the Devil if we give money because that is still paying for protection. It is a devilish idea to assume these unscriptural notions come from God and His healing Word. In all of the Church Epistles written directly to us, God never demands giving money or paying God or His ministers for protection (and besides God does not need money, nor can He spend it). Giving, whether it is your time, your talents, your resources, or your money is the biblical ministry of true receiving. The Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver. Nevertheless, how in the world can anybody really give cheerfully if he or she lives in fear of God’s retribution? One could not!

II Corinthians 9:6-8:
-6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
-7: Every man according as he purposeth in his {own} heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
-8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

These verses relate to the attitude of the mind and heart, because if we do not understand the true spiritual heart behind giving we might give either sparingly or grudgingly and receive only sporadically. However, when we truly understand God’s Word and we know that we have received blessings from God (Ephesians 1:3), then with purpose of heart we may, out of those blessings, give back bountifully and receive bountifully as well. This will cause us to experience the delight in having “all grace” abounding in our lives to the point that we will receive all sufficiency in all areas of our lives. This further causes us to abound in “every good work” that we may cheerfully pursue.