One great thing about giving is that it breaks the grip of materialism in our lives. Let’s be honest. We live in a very materialistic society. The only antidote I know for breaking the bondage of materialism is giving. God says it’s okay to have nice things, but if you don’t give, you are materialistic. If you can’t find it in your heart to give, then you don’t own things, they own you. When we realize that everything belongs to God and comes from Him, it allows us to loosen our grip on our possessions and focus on our eternal inheritance.
“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you be being anxious can add a single hour to his span of rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:24-35