The motive is the most important thing
Why do we give money? For God the “why” is more important than the “how much”.
In the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:3, it says: “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 profiteth me nothing.”
First and foremost, giving should be an act of worship, of expressing thanks and of belief in God. God does not like it when we give money out of guilt, fear or coercion.
Many Christians give their tithe, because they feel coerced.
They do not see the blessing the Bible promises to them, for example in Malachi 3:10-11.
Giving, donating money is investing
In 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 in the Bible, it says: “But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth, in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
Many see their donations as lost. That is not right.
For the farmer, the seed is an investment in the harvest: he will harvest not only the seed he sowed, but much more. The same principle applies to donations.
We will receive back many times that that we have given.
We will harvest one part of it during our own lifetime, another in Heaven.
The seed only generates what it itself is. If we give love, we will receive love. If we give money, we will receive money. And we should also give money to the poor.
In Proverbs 19:17 in the Bible, it says: “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”
Sowing and harvesting requires time
The farmer does not plant all of his seed. We too should not donate all of our money. And when we have donated our part, we only need to wait and trust in God.
The farmer does not plough in the field to check the growth of his seed. A few seeds sprout earlier, others later. Our harvest is solely God’s responsibility.