The old covenant, before the cross, was based on what the people had to do first before receiving a blessing—they had to obey, first, in order to be blessed. After the cross, the order was changed; now the focus is on what Jesus has already done. We are blessed because of our belief in His perfect obedience, not ours. These blessings even extend to our finances. Our obedience is not the same type of requirement as described in the Old Testament, but rather a response to Jesus and the fruits of the spirit. Giving generously, motivated by love and thankfulness, is one way we can respond to what He did. We no longer have to perform for God to bless us with financial stability; we simply receive it by faith.