GIVING OF OURSELVES IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP
Wether it is our time, talent or treasure giving is a spiritual sacrifice, an expression of gratitude. Everything we have and enjoy comes from God. He is the God of good gifts!
GIVING REFLECTS THE PRINCIPLE OF STEWARDSHIP
Stewardship implies that everything we have belongs to God. A steward oversees the affairs and property of another person. Giving is one aspect of good stewardship (Matthew 25:14-30)
Jesus said, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
MOTIVES FOR GIVING
The Bible instructs us to ‘let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). The motives that God desires for our giving are to express our love to Him, please Him, lay up treasures in heaven, and help reach the world for Jesus Christ.
GIVING IS A TEST OF OUR FAITHFULNESS
Paul said, “...each on give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)“
The way we give indicates a great deal about our understanding of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our giving reveals our value system. Jesus said “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). God does not ask us to give because He needs our resources, rather, He challenges us to make Him the focus of our lives instead of our money and possessions. Paul said, “...he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully”
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this, says the Lord Almighty and see if I will not open the flood- gates of heaven and pour out so much blessings that you will not have room enough for it.” (Malachi 3:10)(2 Corinthians 9:6).
BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES FOR GIVING
Christians are to be free from the “love of money” and every earthy attachment (1 Timothy 6:10). Jesus said if we re generous with others He will be generous with us. Jesus is our model of generosity (Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 8:9). Collections in the New Testament were given to help the poor and supply the needs of the ministers and the temple.