Give for Giving’s Sake
“Give to the one who asks you” Matt. 5:42
In Western cultures, we tend to value personal autonomy and responsibility so it’s easy to have an internal battle of values when we hear the words, “can you spare some change?” On the one hand, we value extending generosity to those in need. On the other hand, we try to determine if the person truly needs it or deserves it. It can be easy to give to people we love or people we think truly need it, but what about the times when you think the person might misuse your generosity or not actually need it in the first place?
Thankfully, God didn’t have the same internal value struggle when he looked at us. He didn’t give to us because we deserved it or because he needed the glory. He gave for giving’s sake, because giving is the loving response to a need.
Giving expresses the loving nature of God. So, the next time you’re pondering whether to give or not to give, give. Don’t do it because the person deserves it or because it might make you look good, just give for giving’s sake.
This week, ask God to give you an opportunity to give and when given the chance, give for giving’s sake.
- Ask God to give you ears to hear when a co-worker or friend mentions a need. And ask him for creativity and courage to do something about it.
- If you don’t feel giving comes natural, force it. Try keeping some cash on you this week for the sole purpose of giving it to the first person who expresses a need.
- Consider making giving a rhythmic part of your walk with God – something you do frequently and on purpose.
- Don’t know of any needs? Check out our Give Page and consider donating to the campaigns.