The Sage … gives but not to receive
He works but not for reward
He completes but not for results
He does nothing for himself in this passing world
So nothing he does ever passes.
[2 Cor 9:9 Message (Quoting Psalm 112)]
“He throws caution to the winds,
giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
His right-living, right-giving ways
never run out, never wear out.”
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.
An attitude of unconditionality is the key to these thoughts. The promise is that as we forgo our need or desire to be seen, rewarded or accounted for, and yet still serve the world wholeheartedly, this unselfishness and the creativity which results is what will in fact endure.