How Do I Give?
Giving is handing over our money, material possessions, and lives for the purposes of God. As believers, we realize all that we have, including ourselves, belongs to God. We desire to be good stewards and managers of our lives and everything that we own or will own.
- God is the Creator of everything; therefore, He is the owner of everything. As believers, we recognize this fact and yield not only our lives, but also everything we own, including our money, to God.
Genesis 1:1; Psalm 50:10
- When we realize everything is God’s, it helps put our relationship with God, money, and things into perspective. God is the owner and we are His managers. We are to administer everything that we have according to His will. We ask God for wisdom and the more we grow in His knowledge and grace through the Bible, the more we realize how to administer all He has given us.
1 Corinthians 10:31; James 1:5
- When a believer chooses to use his money and all that God has blessed him with for the glory of God, it shows that he does not covet or love money. We cannot serve two masters. Jesus is our Lord, not money.
Matthew 6:19-34; 1 Timothy 6:10
- Willingness to give shows that God’s love abides in us. We are motived by the love of God, and we help others who are in need. We are blessed to be a blessing.
1 John 3:17-18
Giving In The Local Church
- Freewill Offerings: Giving offerings is part of the church in the New Testament. We find that the church gave to take care of their needs and their leadership, to help other believers in need, and to support those taking the gospel to other parts of the world.
Acts 2:45; 4:34-37; Romans 15:25-27; Galatians 6:6; 1 Corinthians 9:11-12; 1 Timothy 5:18; Philippians 4:15-16
- Free of Charge: The local church is not like a business. It is not authorized to have a mandatory charge for its members or anyone who attends, including any type of money, tithe, membership fee, etc. The church should be financially supported through the freewill offerings of its membership.
- Free from the Tithe: The tithe that was fully established and required under the Mosaic Law required the Nation of Israel to give multiple “one-tenths” of their agricultural produce and/or livestock as a way to support the Levites, celebrate festivals, to help others in need and worship God. In Christ, the tithes have been fulfilled and believers are freed from the law—no longer required to give tithes, offerings, or sacrifices to the tabernacle, etc; nor is the tithe carried over in the New Testament for required giving in the local church.
Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 14:24-29; 2 Chronicles 31:5; Malachi 3:8-10; Romans 6:14
- Giving should be regular. When Paul told the Corinthian churches to take up offerings to help the believers in Jerusalem, he told them to collect the offerings on the first day of every week. This shows a pattern of giving regularly. As we receive regularly, we should give regularly.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
- Giving should be according to what you have. Paul also told them to give “as God hath prospered” them. So each person should give a certain amount according to how God has prospered him and within his financial limits. The more God prospers you the more you should give.
1 Corinthians 16:2
- Giving should be willful and cheerful. Paul tells the church to give according to what they have decided in their hearts and not grudgingly or of necessity. But remember you reap what you sow; if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly; and if you sow bountifully you will reap bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7
- Giving results in blessings from God. When we give, God is faithful to take care of our needs and will bless us in return, spiritually and materially.
2 Corinthians 9:6, 8; Luke 6:38
- Giving is pleasing to God. Doing good to others by sharing what we have with them is a sacrifice that is pleasing to God.
- Giving results in thanksgiving to God. We not only show forth that we are trusting in God to take care of us through giving, but also we cause others to give God thanksgiving.
2 Corinthians 9:11-15
- 100% Participation: Every Christian should participate in giving. First, offer yourself to the Lord, then consider how you can take part in other areas of giving. The churches of Macedonia were in extreme poverty, but they gave generously.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
- Together is better: It is not the responsibility of just a few people to give, but it is something we do as a whole. Everyone gives willingly and according to what he has so that one’s abundance supplies another’s need. We can do more together than we can do separately.
2 Corinthians 8:13-15
- Starting at grace: What should we give? For every person it is different. We need to seek God and decide in our heart what we can give regularly according to our means. We are no longer under the law but under grace. We have so much to be thankful for, so let’s excel in our giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7; 9:7
- What is God’s position and what is our position?
- What did they give in the New Testament?
- Are we required to tithe as recorded in the law? Why?
- What are some principles of giving?
- Are you ready to start giving?