10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:10-11 (NIV)
Recently, somebody has advised me that we should not expect anything back when we give to God. Such advice may sound very politically correct but it is certainly not biblical. There are many verses in the Bible telling us to expect huge returns from giving to God. The above verse is one of them. The Bible has been very clear in its stand that when we give to God we must always expect him to give us more in return. In other words, we must always expect harvest from the seeds we sow. Those who believe otherwise are either do not truly read the Bible or allow themselves to be blinded by the lies of theology.
However, I have a disclaimer here. This principle of giving and expecting huge returns applies only to our giving to God. It is not applicable to our giving to other people. When we to other people who are in need, we give willingly without expecting them to pay us back. We expect God to be the one who will pay us back, not the people we give to. After all, the Bible does say that those who are kind to the poor lend to the Lord. When you show kindness to the poor, the poor are not obligated to pay you back. God is.
I remember a doctrine worshipper took issue to an article I wrote and gave me many reasons why God cannot be our debtor. My reply is simple. God himself said he is my debtor when I am kind to the poor. I choose to believe God is not a liar. Period.
Let us get back to the main topic. Deuteronomy 15:10 speaks of giving. When we give, we must fulfil two conditions. They are:
1. give generously
2. give without a grudging heart
In other words, we give because we want to and not because we are forced to. We are not giving because somebody is pointing a gun to our heads. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have to give, my advice to you is don’t give. If you do, you will not be giving generously and without a grudging heart. As a result, you will not be rewarded. As mentioned above, the Bible has made it very clear that we must always expect rewards from God when we give to him.
What can we expect from God when we give to him? The answer is in the second part of Deuteronomy 15:10.
“the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
The Lord will bless all our works and everything we do. In other words, we will be successful in everything we do. What are you doing right now?
If you are working in a job, the Lord will bless your job so that you will get good promotions, receive high salary and bonuses.
If you are hunting for a job, the Lord will bless your hunt so that you will find a job that will lead you to a future of better prospects, higher salary and more benefits.
If you are looking for a life partner, the Lord will bless you with someone who will bring you joy and fulfillment for life.
If you are building a business, the Lord will bless your work so that your business will make a lot of profits and make you very rich.
The above is not exhaustive. In short the Lord will bless you in everything you do. This may sound offensive to the theologians and doctrine worshippers but I think it is important for me to include this: The blessing of God also includes giving us a lot of money. Money will always go to the people whom God has blessed. This the truth from the Bible which terrifies all the theologians and doctrine worshippers but gives joy and hope to all the true Christians.
Here is something I want you to take note of. The above blessing is on our works and everything we put our hands to. This means we have to do something. If we don’t do anything at all, the blessing will not be activated. Mathematically, we can call this the multiplication effect. Any number mutiplied by a big factor will become a bigger number. The disclaimer here is the original number must be a positive number. This law will not work if the original number is negative or zero.
Likewise, the works that we do must have some positive value. For example, you can do a job that brings you $1 an hour. This is good enough for God because he can bless your $1 an hour into $100 an hour. The bottom line is, our role in this blessing is to provide something for God to multiply. God cannot multiply zero.
This is an important thing for those of us who are jobless for some time and are trying to look for a job. Take any legitimate job that is available even if that job has no visible prospect, has low salary or beneath your qualification. The priority here is to create some positive value for God to multiply. After that, your job is to keep believing that God will know what to do. He will surely make you rich as he has promised.
In the subsequent verse, God gives us one of the reasons why we believers must be rich. There are always poor people around us. God wants us to help them and the only way we can obey him is to be rich ourselves. This is something we must always remember. If we are only limited to our own needs and comfort, our riches will always be limited. However, if we choose to obey God and have the desire to help the poor, there is no limit on how rich we can be.
So, if you want to be extremely rich, learn to obey God. Start giving and doing the best you can in whatever you do. Success and prosperity are at your disposal. God has promised this and he will keep his promises.