Giving

Is it Scriptural that we can come out of poverty and prosper by giving?

One of the questions that has been on my mind for a long time is why so many Christians, who believe in financial prosperity through giving and give faithfully, still remain poor?  Take me seriously; this is not fiction. Many Christians are poor in spite of their many years of paying tithe and giving.

If you are a Christian, you have heard it preached Sunday after Sunday, in the church, that the only way a person can come out of poverty is by giving. It has been taught emphatically that your level of giving determines your level of prosperity.

But is it really a scriptural truth that it is our giving that takes us out of poverty? If it is true that it is our giving that takes us out of poverty, what was the purpose of Jesus becoming poor with our poverty, and what did He accomplish by becoming our substitute?

 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.  2Corinthians 8:9

If paying tithe and giving are the means through which we can emerge from poverty and prosper, as many prosperity preachers emphatically teach, then prosperity should not be considered to be a provision of grace as stated in the above scripture. According to the Bible, anything that God has provided for us by grace should be received by faith and not by works.

The Bible clearly states that Jesus redeemed us from poverty by becoming poor with our poverty. In other words, we came out of poverty through the substitutionary work of Jesus on the cross and not by giving. If we could come out of poverty and prosper by giving, that would mean that our prosperity is not of grace but of works.

Let me compare the way we receive salvation, by grace through faith, with the way we should receive prosperity. The Bible in the book of Ephesians states:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 This scripture tells us that salvation is provided to us by grace, therefore, we can only receive it by faith and not by works. In other words, we cannot receive salvation by good works. If we try to earn salvation by good works, we will actually lose it.

The Apostle, Paul, in the book of Romans goes a step further and explains how we practically receive salvation by faith. This is what he writes:

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10: 9-10

What Paul writes in this scripture indicates that it takes confession for someone to be saved. Even though we tell people that if they confess the Lordship of Christ in their life they will be saved, the reality is that no person is saved by mere confession. We are saved by faith, and we express our faith, in the Lordship of Christ, through confession. In other words, confession is a means of expressing our faith in the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s apply this same principle and process to financial prosperity by grace. Just as we are saved by grace through faith, we receive the blessing of prosperity by grace through faith. However, we express our faith in Christ or God as our source of prosperity by giving. I would say, as confession is an expression of faith in the saving grace of Christ, so is giving the expression of faith in Christ’s redemptive grace that took us out of poverty.

Does this mean we can access prosperity by grace without giving? No, we cannot. We cannot because failure to give is an expression of unbelief in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who become poor on our behalf so that through His poverty we might become rich.

Here is another scripture we need to consider, to get a clear understanding of the point I am putting across.

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.    2Corinthians 9:6-8

If we read this scripture without putting it in the context of the substitutionary work of Christ on the cross, it would look like what causes God to make His grace abound towards us is the quality and quantity of our giving.

It would also look like sowing sparingly will cause us to access a little bit of grace and sowing bountifully will cause us to access the abundance of grace. If this is the case, it would also mean that we are able to access grace by works.

The scriptural truth is that grace was made available to man by God’s giving and can only be received by faith. Let me put it this way; everything that proceeds from God to man, through grace, was made available by God’s giving. He gave His only begotten Son. In other words, man’s giving cannot by any means cause him to access any grace.

If this is true, then it should also be true that we cannot cause God to make His grace abound towards us, by our giving. God makes His grace abound towards us when we give because by giving, bountifully, we expresses our faith in His grace to provide for us. Therefore, it is the faith behind bountiful giving that causes God to make His grace abound towards us, not the giving by itself.

Here is an important truth you should know when it comes to financial prosperity. God does not necessarily need any offering from us to prosper us. He has already prospered us in Christ. What He requires from us is faith in His grace. And the means through which He requires us to express our faith is through giving. Because we have to express faith in God as our source of prosperity through giving, it looks like it is giving the causes God to prosper us.

God has chosen giving to be the means through which we express our faith in Him, as our source, because it is easy for us to put our faith in what we have and make those things our source. We can make our jobs, businesses and any other means that bring income in our lives to be our source.

If you believe that God will prosper you because of your giving, you are mistaken. Settle it in your mind that God does not need any offering from you to prosper you. He already prospered you through His offering, Jesus Christ. All He needs from you is your faith, which you must express through giving.

This article is an extract from my book; How to Benefit from Your Giving. It is available on Amazon.

12 thoughts on “Giving”

  1. I thank God for you Brother Joseph and the revelation God has give to you to share with the body for the body of Christ.

  2. Profound and so true. You have explained it well and have put an interesting and unusual perspective to it all. Yes..it is all about our faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross. Thank you very much for your depth in explaining the things of God to us. Bless you. Dr T.

    1. Good Day Dr. T

      Thank you for taking your time to read my post and give such a brilliant comment. It encourages me to hear such a comment from a person with an intellectual mind like you.

  3. Amen! This article deals with our reasons for giving. I totally love it. Giving as an act of faith in God prospering me.

  4. To prosper financially Christians need to know and apply the financial principles that are thought in the entire bible. Giving is one of them but it is not the only one. Avoiding excessive debt, hard work, saving for the future, not standing surety for someone are some of those principles.
    Being wise and making proper decisions about what career to follow is something that is expected of us by the Bible. Knowing skills that are in demand and therefore draw premium payment is key to making it financially in the economy and where wisdom is called for . It is the same as in healthy living. It is God’s will for his children to be healthy, however if we do not eat healthy, do not exercise etc we are not likely to be healthy

    1. Good Day Abe

      Thank you for your comment.

      I appreciate that you took your precious time to write this thoughtful and straight to the point comment. I wise you had a platform to bring the points you have indicated to the attention of many born again Christians. Many Christians think or rather have been taught that all they need to prosper is to give. True, giving is part of the process but not the only thing.

      Great comment sir.

      Pastor Joseph Kansema

  5. When you pay tithe you are in actual fact acknowledging that Jesus is the source of all your blessings. Therefore paying tithe is act of worship and thanksgiving. It’s a way of showing gratitude for His provision in your life. However having said this it is also important to understand that: 

    –  In the new covenant we are not tithing to mortal men but tithing to Christ Himself (Hebrews 7:8), our High Priest after the order of Melchizedeck (Hebrews 7:14-17)

    – It is the will of God that we should prosper, the bible says He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants
    (Psalm 37:27)

    – He became poor for us even though He was rich just so that we be made rich
    (2 Corinthians 8:9)

    – God loves a cheerful giver
    (2 Corinthians 9:7)

    – Paying tithe is not about obeying the law, because Abraham payed his tithe before the Mosaic was introduced
    (Genesis 14:18-20)
     
    So paying tithe is about acknowledging to Him that He comes first in our finances, that He is our only source and most importantly appreciating what He did for us at cross in order to give us the power to create wealth

    Even though we have established that paying tithe is not about obeying a law the word ‘tithe’ robs the giver from this very important revelation that you shared in that it restricts the giver to 10% whereas giving does not have any limitations and giving also helps to change the mindset of the giver about giving because giving no longer becomes impersonal but an act of faith and worship.

    In conclusion giving is about acknowledging that God comes first in our finances, that He is our only source and most importantly appreciating what He did for us at the cross which gives us the power to create wealth  

  6. Awesome balance of Grace in giving. . At last in Africa.May this balance of Grace explode in the church and TRULY prosper us in every area

  7. Great word. However, I need to make this comment: Jesus did not become poor for us to have financial prosperity. He left his throne in heaven and came to this earth to die on the cross for us to redeem us from sin and bring us into sonship with God. Jesus did not leave his throne in heaven and died on the cross to make money for us. There is a difference between earthly riches and the riches of Christ. Earthly riches is money and material things of this world. Christians can get earthly riches in the market place by God’s grace and blessing upon the work of their hands, not in the temple, which is a place for prayer and God’s word. When we give our lives to Christ, we enter into the riches of Christ, which are: forgiveness of our sin, becoming the sons of God and access into the presence of God. Those are the true riches. Earthly riches are not true riches. They do not have any eternal value in themselves. If Jesus came for us to have money, then it means that those who are very rich financially no longer need Jesus in their lives. They are already billionaires without Jesus in their lives, so why do they still need Jesus to prosper financially? The reality is that even if a man is a financially prosperous man without Jesus in his life, he is still a very POOR man.

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