Giving is a powerful tool in which the giver is immensely recompensed in proportion to the gift. This is a universal natural rule supported by the scriptures. However, for the Christian it takes on a new meaning reflecting the regenerate life that we now lead. Having died to our fleshly desires of personal gain, we are no longer captive to viewing everything in a self centred manner.
For non believers, the concept of heaven is rather limited to an afterthought to our life here on earth. It’s a bonus for a life well lived. But like dessert, if the main course is really good, what follows may not be necessary, perhaps just a nap.
For the Christian, heaven is not restricted to the hear-after. God’s kingdom is currently in full operation, and the reality of heaven is the greater portion than it’s earthly counterpart. Consequently when we read about recompense for financial contributions, we naturally think of an eternal repayment plan, and trust that God will repay in spades. Perhaps not in the same currency as the contribution, but we do trust that God is no man’s debtor and will definitely not shortchange us.
The carnal mindset centers on immediate financial gain here on earth. Christians who think carnally lack a true understanding of God’s nature and the scriptures. They think if they give money to God, He will automatically increase their bank balance. They live in an illusionary religious bubble and are often victims of get rich quick schemes, twisting scriptures to justify their self serving philosophy. A dead give away is when you hear the frequent misuse of the word “prosperity.”

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