"Just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness - see that you also excel in the grace of giving." 2 Corinthians 8:7
God is a giver and He wants us to become like him. God is more interested in our attitude than the amount that we give. He looks at our hearts as expressed in our giving based upon what we have available to give.
What does the Bible teach about giving?
The Bible has a lot to say about giving. Jesus talked more about giving than almost any other subject. Over half of the parables have to do with money and there are more promises in the Bible related to giving than any other individual subject.
Why does God want me to be a generous giver?
- GIVING MAKES ME MORE LIKE GOD.
God is a giver and if we're going to be like God, we've got to become givers. The Bible says "God so loved the world that He gave his only Son." (John 3:16) He loved, so He gave. You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
- GIVING DRAWS ME CLOSER TO GOD.
Matthew 6:21 says, "Where your treasure is, there your heart is also." Wherever I put my money shows what my true priorities are. The question is, “Where do you want your heart to be?” The fact is, every time you give back to God, you're drawing closer to Him.
- GIVING IS THE ANTIDOTE TO MATERIALISM.
What is the opposite of getting? Giving. Giving is the antidote to materialism. The only way I can know if I have victory over materialism in my life is if I am willing to part with what I've got. It's OK to enjoy the material blessings we have. But God reminds us that true living comes from giving. We are commanded to be generous and to be willing to share.. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.
- GIVING STRENGTHENS MY FAITH.
God uses finances to test our faith. Proverbs 3 vs 5 and 9 say, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding... Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of your income, and he will fill your barns to overflowing." God says that the way we prove our trust in Him, the way that we demonstrate our faith, is by giving the first part of our income back to Him.
- GIVING IS AN INVESTMENT IN ETERNITY.
1 Timothy 6:18-19 goes on to say, "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age…” It’s been said that you can’t take it with you but you can send it on ahead. Giving is an investment in what really counts – eternity!
What does the Bible Teach about Tithing?
What is tithing? Tithe means a tenth part. It's a word that God uses all throughout scripture. In the Bible, God tells us that we're to give the first ten percent of all we earn back to God. The Bible makes it clear that the tithe is the first part of what I earn, not the leftovers. Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us to "Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income." God deserves to get paid first before anyone else, doesn’t he? We owe Him everything!
1 Corinthians 16:2 says, "On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income…”. What is the first day of every week that the scripture is referring to? Sunday. What do we do on Sunday? We go to your place of worship. That's when we are to give.
The True Key to Giving
2 Corinthians 8:5 says, "They first gave themselves to the Lord." This is really the issue. If God owns me, He's going to own my wallet. If He doesn't own my heart, He doesn't own my wallet. We need to first give ourselves to the Lord.