When you pay for something at the store, the clerk gives you a receipt. When you deposit money in the bank, the teller gives you a receipt. Even when you deposit money into your ATM, you are asked the question, "Do you want a receipt?" Some people throw their receipts away, and some people keep them for their records.
According to Philippians 4:15-17, Paul thanked the Philippians for their generous offerings to help him more than once to continue his ministry of spreading the gospel. Paul explained that it was not just that he wanted funds, but rather he wanted to see profits added to the Philippians' account in heaven. Then he gives them a receipt for their giving.
Giving is more beneficial to those who give than to the one who receives. God keeps a ledger of our giving. He knows what we have deposited into the Bank of Heaven. When we give to the Kingdom of God, it is added to our account, and we may cash in our receipt at any time.
In the natural, a receipt is a written acknowledgment that a specified article or sum of money has been received. A receipt records the purchase of goods or service. Whenever we give into the kingdom, God gives us receipts for the good we do with a willing heart. We can save these receipts, tuck them away and never use them; or we can cash them in whenever we need a special blessing from God.
We may deposit freely whatever and whenever we can, but God gives us a receipt for thirty-fold, sixty-four and even a hundredfold. In other words, our giving is an investment. Also, we can cash it in whenever we need to and for whatever we need. Do you need a healing? Cash in your receipt. Do you need deliverance? Cash in your receipt. Do you need a job? Cash in your receipt. Does your relationship need healing? Cash in your receipt. Whatever you need (provided you have made a deposit) God is more than willing to cash your receipt for you.
A couple of things must be considered:
- You shouldn't do something just to get a receipt. Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- You don't need to redeem your receipt for the exact thing that you did for others. You can redeem your receipts any time for any personal need.
If you have not given, then you have no receipts to cash in. Begin to serve God and His people. The profits will be added to your account, according to Philippians 4:17. Then you can redeem your receipts for any particular need you have.