Devotional: How much should we give? Second Corinthians 9:7a says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give…” God lets people decide how much they are to 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. A good place to start is anything above 10% of our income, because it shows that we are no longer under the law where people were required to give a 10% tithe, but under grace. We have so much to be thankful for, so let’s excel in our giving.
Prayer: Dear Father God, thank You for all the blessings You have given us. Help us to live our lives for Your glory and kingdom. God, please give us wisdom on how much You would have each one of us to give. Help us to give sacrificially and help us to decide to give an amount that would honor You. Thank You for giving us the money that we can use to be able to give back to you. We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
Devotional: 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. Second Corinthians 8:14 says, “But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality.” This verse shows us that we can do more together than we can do separately. God can use us to help meet each other’s needs. Together we can do more!
Prayer: Dear Father God, thank You so much for all that You have done in my life. Thank You for everything You have done. God, help us to be a very generous and giving people. Thank You for the opportunities we have to be blessing to others and thank You for how You have used people to meet needs in our lives. God help us to live for You and honor You with our lives. Thank You for Your love for us. We pray this in Jesus name, amen.
Devotional: Every believer should participate in giving. Even if you don’t have much money you should still be involved. The churches of Macedonia were in extreme poverty, but they gave generously to the Lord. Second Corinthians 8:2 describes their situation. It says, “How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.” This verse tells us that they had “deep poverty,” yet they still gave generously to the Lord. In the Bible, giving is not just for the rich, but it is for all believers. No matter if you only have a very small amount that you are able to give, God wants you to be involved in giving.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help us to all be involved in giving. Help us to want to give to You from what we have. Thank You for all the blessings You have given to us. God, help us to rely on You to provide for our needs and give to You from what we have, no matter how small it is. We ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.
Devotional: Giving results in thanksgiving to God. Giving what God has provided for us not only supplies others’ needs, but it also causes others to give God thanksgiving. In Second Corinthians chapter nine we find out that the Corinthian church is giving to an offering for the believers in need in Jerusalem. Second Corinthians 9:12 says, “For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.” This church’s giving not only helped provide for the needs of the believers in Jerusalem, but it also caused many people to give thanksgiving to God. When we give, 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.
Prayer: Dear Father God, thank You for giving us the opportunity to give. We want to see You receive thanksgiving. God, help us to give. Help us to thank You, and also cause others to give You thanks. God help us to not focus on ourselves but care about You and Your glory. We pray these things in the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional: Giving is pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 says, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” The word “communicate” in this verse means to share with others. This verse shows us that doing good to others by sharing what we have with them is a sacrifice that is pleasing to God. It brings God pleasure when we give and share with others the blessings that He has given to us. God likes to see us give up our money for others. It is a sacrifice that pleases Him.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to share with others the money and other blessings that You have given us. Help us to be a blessing to the people around us. Help us to try to do things that please You. Show us how to give and give us opportunities to be a blessing to others. Thank You for Your grace and the salvation You have given us. Thank You for giving us the money to be able to give in the first place. We pray this in the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional: 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. Luke 6:38a says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom…” As we give to the Lord, He gives blessings back to us. He blesses us with blessings that we don’t deserve. God is not a stingy God. As we give to Him, He abundantly blesses us. As servants of a generous God, we should generously give to Him. He will surprise us with how good He is to us.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for your goodness to us. You constantly amaze us with how much You bless us. Thank You for how generous You are to us. We don’t deserve the many blessings that You give to us. Help us to be generous givers to You Lord. Help us to want to give abundantly to You. You deserve everything we have. You are so good to us. Thank you God, and we pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
Devotional: Giving should be willful and cheerful. Second Corinthians 9:7 says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” In this verse, Paul tells the church to give according to what they have decided in their hearts and not grudgingly or of necessity. God does not want us to give with a bad heart. He wants us to give cheerfully to the Lord. God has given us so many wonderful blessings. We should remember all that He has done for us and be willing and happy to give back to Him.
Prayer: Dear Father God, You are so amazing and kind to us. Thank You for Your abundant mercy and grace. Thank You for giving us everything that we have. God, help us to be willing to give back to You. Help us to have a cheerful heart when giving to You. Help keep us from being stingy with our money, rather help us to be full of excitement to give to You. In Jesus’ name we pray and ask You to guide and help us, amen.
Devotional: Giving should be according to what you have. First Corinthians 16:2 says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” In this verse Paul tells the believers 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. You give from the money that God has given to you. The more God prospers you the more you should joyfully give.
Prayer: Father, help us to be good givers who obey your Word. Thank you for the money You have given to us. It is amazing how You always meet our needs and consistently provide us with money. Help us not to be stingy with the money You give us but help us to be willing to give it back to You. God, if You bless us with more money than we currently have, help us to use the extra money to be able to give more to You. We pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.
Devotional: Giving should be regularly practiced. 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. 1 Corinthian 16:2 says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” This verse shows us a pattern of giving regularly. It is an example that we can follow. As we receive regularly, we should give regularly.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for all the wonderful blessings and kindness that you show us each day. Thank You for the money You bless us with on a regular basis. God help us to be consistent in giving to You. God help us to use our money for You and Your glory. Help us to resist the temptation to use our money for our own purposes and pleasure. Help us to get into the habit of giving regularly to you. We ask these things in the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional: In the Old Testament, people were supposed to give a tithe of ten percent to the tabernacle. They had a set amount that they were supposed to give. In the New Testament, God says that we are not under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14b). God doesn’t give New Testament believers a set amount that they are supposed to give. However, out of our love for God and the cheerfulness of our heart we are to give the amount that we think would be the best. 2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us how we are to give. It says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” God lets us decide how much we are to give, but we are to have the right God glorifying motivation when we give.
Prayer: Dear Father God, Help give us wisdom to know how much to give. Help us not to give as little as possible, but help us to give as much as we can to you. Whatever amount we decide to give help us to give it cheerfully to you. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.