I want to start this with a disclaimer stating firmly that I’m not in any way trying to condemn, refute or change your mindset, neither am I saying for a certainty that I am right and you are wrong, I just want to use this as a test to see just how truthful and sincere you are to yourself.
When you give or do good deeds as a Christian, do you expect to get something in return?
If you’re in the business of acting all self-righteous, you would be quick to say that you give just for the mere point of giving, or as my colleague Susan says ‘I give merely out of Thanksgiving for the things the Lord has blessed me with, and don’t expect anything in return’.
I hated to burst her bubble, by making her understand that I saw right through her overtly self-righteous claims but on the other hand, I want to bring to the notice of those of you with the same altruistic assertions that even the Lord expects us to anticipate something in return. When he speaks on giving 1/10th of your income, He tasks us to put Him to a test and see if the floodgates of heaven wouldn’t be opened to heap blessing upon us to the point it overflows and engulfs us. Also, He says that if a man’s ways pleases Him, he would make even our enemies to be at peace with us; that’s purely transactional, and if you look closely at Deut 28 He talks about setting you high above the nations on the earth if you obey and follow His commandments. I see it as an incentive even though we should love Him and do his bidding unconditionally. We should obey Him not just because we want to enjoy the benefits, but cos we want to be in a healthy relationship with the Holy Spirit. Queen Bea explains the trinity as God the father, the supreme being who care for all our needs – the one we have the covenant business-like relationship with; God the son is the one who died for our sins, He is the middle man who makes intersessions on our behalf to God the father, then God the Holy Spirit is our comforter, the presence of God as part of a person’s religious experience, the one we meet in worship.
Asides from all this, coming to the crux of this post, God’s breakthrough for people can only be possible through men. We are merely agents of his transforming love and miracles, so don’t refrain from letting Him use you to bless someone. The God who puts money in your pockets trusts that you would meet someone other than yourself at the point of their needs just as you trust that He would do the same for you through someone else; classic case of seed time and harvest.
Though, in church yesterday it came to my notice that there is a clause to the transactional inclinations of Christianity. 1 Corinthians 13:3 points out that even if I dole out everything I have to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may brag, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
It doesn’t get any clearer than that. So even if you expect to get something in return, do it out of love for others and without grumbling or a sense of obligation. Love is the greatest commandment we have been tasked with; simply put, if your motive is wrong and love isn’t your driving force, then it’s equal to nothing. If your life is all about you and you don’t care about the meeting the next man’s needs, then you amount to nothing even if you seemingly have everything.
Also, never use the position God has blessed you with to reduce anyone, instead use that power to empower. According to Pastor Sarah of FWC, helping someone at the point of their need is the greatest kind of orgasm; it lasts way more than 30mins and goes on for weeks, months and even years. Always thank God that you’re on the giving side and not on the receiving side; begging is a hard job, not to mention humiliating.