CORINTHIANS 13:1-3 “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profited me nothing” (1 Cor. 13:3). Man views things on the surface, while God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). In the Lord’s eyes, the motives behind our actions are more important than the actions. Quite possibly, the greatest illustration of this is in the area of giving. This verse says that if we give 100 percent of our resources to the poor but we aren’t motivated by love, it profits us nothing. Then Paul said that if we make the ultimate sacrifice of giving our lives for another but do it with the wrong motive, it’s a waste. Giving must be from the heart with a selfless motive to get the desired results. The proper motivation for giving comes when we understand why God wants us to give. Is it because He needs our money? It’s often presented that way, but in reality, God doesn’t need our money. However, He does desire us to trust Him in every area of our lives, which includes our money. Giving is the way we express our faith in God as the source of our prosperity. If God wasn’t real and His promise of multiplying back to us what we give to Him wasn’t true, then giving away a portion of what we have would be stupid. However, God is real, His Word is true, and giving shows faith that He will fulfill His promise. So, the real reason God wants us to give is so that we can walk in faith with Him concerning our finances. Anyone who says “I’ll give when I can” is saying “I’ll give when I don’t have to believe God.” They’ve missed the whole point. God wants us to trust Him. Express your absolute faith in God today by being a cheerful giver.

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