“Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood. But everyone has something to give.”
Unfortunately, it goes without saying that many Americans today give just to receive. Evidence of this exists all around the world. When you’re mad at someone they often become mad at you. If you are nice to someone, they’ll usually be nice back. When someone goes out of their way to do something nice, most people will try to return the favor. The law of reciprocation is at work everywhere.
When you look at finances, many people will discredit the law of reciprocation in this area. I disagree. I have seen many people refuse to give money to charities because they think that money donated is money that will be hard to make back, or it won’t be used for its intended purpose. This thought process occurs out of fear, greed, materialism, or selfishness. People often refuse to give because they believe they will not receive instant gratification.
When you have faith you should have every reason to believe you will be blessed when you give. It may not be today, tomorrow, or the next day, but you will be blessed. I have seen this firsthand in my life and the lives of countless others. Sometimes blessings come in the monetary variety, but often there are more important blessings. One personal example involved good friends of mine who tried for years to get pregnant with many difficulties. Then one day out of the blue, we got a call saying they were finally going to have a baby! There are numerous examples of this happening every day–even people beating cancer, overcoming serious illnesses. One day they’re on a deathbed, the next day they’re walking around as good as new. I am talking about supernatural occurrences–things that could never be logically explained.
Are these stories of God giving back miraculously to those who give to Him? I believe the answer is yes. Still, even with real-life stories of the miracles God blesses us with, so many still have that little voice in their head of self-doubt. We live in such a results-oriented society that many people want a return the second they give. Like food that fills you up and drink that quenches your thirst, you may become accustomed to the “If I do X, then Y will occur” mentality. When you give money to a charity or ministry, there may not always be an instant reward. That is the point! It is so beautiful, yet so simplistic: when money is given away, there should be no expectation of a return. People will always remain skeptical, but I firmly believe that even if getting is a natural outcome of giving, it should not be your motivation to give.