I’ve heard the act of giving money described as an ” irrational financial act “.
I think that’s a very true statement when it comes to the reality of freely giving away money for the benefit of others.
As I mentioned in my last post, we as human beings are naturally geared toward seeking pleasure and the avoidance of pain.
So if God made us into these fleshly, pleasure seeking pain-o-phobes, why does the Bible say that we should be givers? Seriously, what could we possible gain by giving away our money, our time, our resources, etc.?
As pleasure seekers, doesn’t that totally go against the way God made us? Why not keep those things to ourselves, after all we might need that money or whatever else it is we’d be giving up.
Giving way our resources means we will have to do with less, right?
Well, it may seem that way, but as imperfect fleshly beings that contain a spirit made in heaven, when we give of ourselves and what we have, it helps us to strip away and take control of our flesh and let the spirit part of our being take over.
When we let that happen, we are entrusted with more.
Giving is something that God wants us to do because it brings us closer to Him.
When we give, we become more like Him.
How to Be Irrational
In fact, the attitude with which you give is just as important as the act of giving itself.
Look at the story of Cain and Abel: Cain brought “some of the fruits of the soil” as a sacrifice to God, meaning he didn’t bring the best of his harvest. However, Abel brought the fat portions of the first born of his flock. He brought the best he had, and because of that, God favored Abel, but had much less regard for Cain.
It works just the same in our own lives today. If you put a tithe check in the basket on Sunday, complaining of what you could have done with the money, you won’t find favor in your giving even though you gave a tenth of your income.
If you serve dinner to the homeless or volunteer your time to the church yet you wish you were somewhere else, doing something else, you won’t find much favor in that giving either.
Yes, giving away the best portion of what you have is definitely an irrational act. But remember that God is not only totally rational and orderly (just look and the natural world around you) but He is also totally irrational at the same time, expecting you to overcome your natural tendencies so you can sacrifice and give of what He’s given you in order to benefit others.
The cool thing though is that when you commit an irrational act of giving (with the right attitude), you experience God’s favor in your life that benefits you so much more than anything you ever gave could have.
Best of all, He multiplies His favor toward you in quantities that are much greater than what you gave away. He may not return money for money, or time for time, but He will always leave you with more than you gave.
That’s just how God works.
So if you’re not really a giver, I challenge you to take steps to suspend your rationality even a little bit, and trust God’s wisdom by giving something. Even a small start will change your heart and your life in ways you can’t imagine.
If you’re already a giver, work on becoming even more irrational by learning to give of yourself and what you have even more.
As irrational as it sounds, you can only gain when you’re a giver.
Question: Do you have a story of how you gained by being a giver? Tell me about it in the comments.