Summary: Understanding the benefits of giving to God and the kingdom
Nowhere does it show throughout biblical history that those who willingly and joyously served the Lord with their resources did not receive blessings from God. I do not recall reading such, and so I am confident they were all blessed. The people of God were rewarded one way or the other for being faithful stewards, generously giving to the work of God. Proverbs 11:25.
Repeatedly, in both the old and new testament, the Lord reveals to us that when we give willingly to others and His work, we will receive a reward in return. Also, remember that when you give to God, both time and finances, He will remember you and it is recorded in heaven. Acts 10:4.
Many times, when we hear about giving towards the work of the kingdom, we attribute it only to financial resources, but it is also crucial to know that we also serve the Lord with our time, using our talents, skills and spiritual gifts that He has deposited in us to use for His glory. For example, a sister who has a passion for entertaining guests in her home has been given the gift of hospitality, and she will use that to the glory of God by entertaining men and women of God, the less, etc. and in return, she shall receive a blessing for her service.
Giving to the work of God is an investment with eternal rewards for both the giver and the beneficiary of the gift. For example, when you give an offering in your local church, a portion or all of that money may be used to support the evangelism department's effort to win souls for the kingdom thereby also causing an increase in the local church. New converts through your financial giving will now yield an eternal reward for both you and the beneficiary(the convert) who has received an eternal gift (the gift of salvation).
Let us now take a look at some portions of scripture where it shows us the rewards of giving generously to God's work.
1. Whether we admit it or not, many of us have been unfaithful at some point in time in our tithes and offering, especially our tithes Mal 3:8. Since the downturn of our global economy over the last few years, some have used it as an excuse not to either give their tithes. They may provide a portion of it each month telling themselves that " God understands my situation." But to the Lord, this is not an excuse because it's even during tough situations like these when we are facing financial constraints that the Lord likes to prove Himself in our lives and take the glory. If we proclaim that He is our source, our provider, Jehovah Jireh, then we should trust Him entirely for our everyday needs and heart desires.
In Malachi 3:10, God tells us that when we bring our tithes (10% of our income, first fruits) into His storehouse, we should prove Him now if He will not open the windows of heaven for us and pour us out so great a blessing that there will not be enough room to contain it.
He even went further to promise that He will rebuke the devourer for our sakes and we will not cast our fruits young( premature harvest). We will be fruitful in every area of our lives, physically, financially, materially, etc. This is the assurance we have in Him as His children as long as we are faithful and obedient in our giving.
Having said all this, I know that the topic of tithing for so long has been a debate in the body of Christ. Nevertheless, I want to state here that even though, tithing is not emphasized in the New Testament, but it was still mentioned, and a person who has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ should not worry about whether tithing is commanded in the New Testament or not. A person who is transformed by Christ should be more like Him, and that is having a generous spirit, ready to give joyfully of his or her money and time.
Christians in the new covenant have much better blessings — spiritual ones than the Israelites bound under the old covenant. Therefore we should more willingly give in thankfulness for the eternal blessings we have in Christ Jesus because He has liberated us from the curse of the law for us to serve Him with all our heart and resources freely. Gal 3:13
2. When we give to God's work which includes blessing others, for example, the poor, needy, etc., we should do so humbly and quietly. In Matthew 6:3-4, the word of God reveals that we should give without publicly announcing it, let it be done in secret because our Father, who sees in secret will now reward us openly. To receive the best from God, my dear brethren, we need to learn not to seek man's recognition or approval, but instead follow our heart, and let the Lord direct us according to the leading of His Spirit.