Following on from the discussion on tithing at https://signposts02.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/does-hebrews-promote-tithing , the discussion turned to the notion of a reward from God for tithing or financial giving to support ministry.
I asked Facelift :
<i>”What times do you think that giving to God has a reward? You say that reward shouldnt always be our motive, in what cases is it appropriate that it be our motive? You say we shouldnt always seek it out, but that implies there are times when we should seek it – when and how?”</i>
To which he responded with the following scriptures :
‘Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.’
‘But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.’
“Discussing financial support, and clearly saying there is a return on what is sown, and that the return is dependent on the degree and manner in which it is sown, and that the supplier to the sower, and the giver of increase to the sower is God Himself.”
Muppet brought up the parable of the talents, and asked whether that was discussed in relation to reward.
The scriptures FL has given appear to be about giving to support ministry, and there is a concept of sowing and reaping. What kind of reaping (reward) should we expect? If we make a monetary gift, should we expect that we will receive a monetary reward? Will we be blessed materially as a result of our gift?
Thanks to all for a great discussion so far, I will transfer the other comments.