The bible in John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship him in Spirit and Truth.”
God is Spirit who dwells in heaven and he has no need for our earthly gifts.
“Our father who art in heaven.”
If that is the case then what happens to all the money given in church?
Most will say, it is being used to promote God’s kingdom here on earth and that answer will be absolutely correct.
Let us go a bit deeper into that.
One particularly interesting passage in the bible can be found in II Corinthians 9:8. The bible says, “And God is able to make all grace abound towards you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things may have an abundance for every good work.”
This is a wonderful promise from God that most believers will be familiar with and like most promises in the bible it comes with a condition.
Notice that the verse starts with the word, “And” meaning it is the continuation of a previous sentence. That previous sentence is verse 7 of the same chapter, which reads: “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity…”
A lot can be said about that verse alone that could shatter long established doctrines in Christendom but I won’t go into that today or maybe not at all.
The wonderful promise in verse 8 is preceded by a condition in verse 7 and that condition is to give.
I know you’ve heard that before but please hold on a minute, there’s a reason why I’m talking about II Corinthians 9.
This bible passage clearly establishes the relationship between you (the giver), the recipient (of your gift) and God.
Verse 12 of the same chapter reads, “For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, (13) while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ and for your liberal sharing with them and all men…”
Let us take a closer look at the last sentence of verse 13: “…they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel and for your liberal sharing with them (Saints) and all men…”
In that verse, Paul was explaining to the saints in Achaia that the money they have sent across to the saints in Jerusalem who were in dire need will cause those Saints in Jerusalem to glorify God.
As a Christian when we you give, your gifts should make the recipient glorify God. When God is glorified by the recipient verse 8 comes into operation: “And God is able to make all grace abound towards you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things may have an abundance for every good work.”
In conclusion, the link between you giving a material gift and a Spirit God blessing you is if that material gift causes the recipient to glorify God.