Do You Have the Design of a Giver?
“I got you this because I thought it would last awhile.”
“Oh don’t worry, I happened to find it for a really good price.”
“Let me research and find out what is going to be the best solution.”
Welcome to the mind of a giver.
The giver understands stewardship. They understand how to accrue resources, take the long view, and apply wisdom to bless generations.
Givers aren’t always easy to spot, because they plug into different situations so easily. They are diverse and adaptable, and they don’t tend toward introspection. They don’t consider themselves needy, and as such can’t be hustled. They tend to find bargains easily, and they are attractive to resources. They give well, not impulsively. They have a strong desire to know “why”, and they do well at finding, birthing, and nurturing new things.
The sign of a mature giver is someone who trusts God to provide, and sees themselves as a conduit for resources to flow. They give and provide with balanced generosity. They can take a stand against unholy indulgence or waste, and they take financial risk based upon faith.
The sign of a carnal or immature giver is someone who trusts resources instead of God. They are frugal in an unhealthy or controlling way. They can be casual about holiness, and they won’t acknowledge their needs to God. They may try to please God by giving what is easy, like money, but withhold from God what truly pleases Him. The carnal giver may also try to finesse people with their money or resources, and even try to finesse God in the same way.
The lie that Satan wants the giver to believe is, “I am legitimate when others need me because of what I can provide.”
The birthright of the giver is to trust God, and release generational blessings out of that friendship.
Examples of givers in scripture include:
Abraham in Genesis 22
Abraham is perhaps the greatest example of a giver: blessed with resources, very adaptable, and concerned with generations. God chose him to be a father to nations. But God spent decades growing Abraham and teaching him how to trust. By the time Abraham was tested by God with regards to his only son, Abraham passed the test.
Matthew in Matthew 1:1-17
Notice that Matthew was a tax collector with resources before he met Jesus. He left that security to trust Jesus instead. Notice also that God chose Matthew to document Jesus’ genealogy. To some that may seem dry, but to a giver with a heart for generations, it is a rich history.
If you are a giver, here is a prayer tailored to your gifting:
Father, thank you for blessing me with the design of a giver. Thank you for making me love generations, and for giving me a mind for gathering resources. Thank you for making me adaptable and flexible. You gave me those gifts and talents so that blessing can flow through me, not end with me.
I repent for the times where I have trusted my own wisdom rather than trusting You. I repent for withholding what truly pleases You. I pray that I would embrace risk, not because someone else pressures me, but so I can experience how faithful and trustworthy You are. More than anything I want to grow in friendship with You, because there is nothing more valuable.
This teaching on the redemptive gifts is in no way my own. I rely heavily on the extensive work of Arthur Burk.
If you would like to dive deeper, this teaching series is a great place to start.
Do you think you have the design of an giver? Leave a comment below.