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- an acknowledgment that God owns everything. We are simply stewards.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” – Psalm 24:2
- our recognition of God’s gift of His abundance.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17
- our response to God’s goodness to us.
“a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice pleasing to God.” – Philippians 4:18b
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11
- recognizing God’s priorities.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:19-20
- to provide missionary support.
“How then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” – Romans 10:14-15
- for special needs.
“We want you to know about the grace God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity… they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.” – II
- a demonstration of contentment.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” – 1 Timothy 6:6-9
- to be faithful.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Luke 16:10-13
- to be joyful.
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” –
2 Corinthians 9:7
” The people rejoiced at the willing response of the leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.” – I Chronicles 29:9
- to be sacrificial.
“I insist on paying for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” – 2 Samuel 24:24
- to support God’s work.
“The Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.” – 1 Corinthians 9:14
“And everyone…came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for all its services, and for the sacred garments.” – Exodus 35:21
- to be planned.
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give…” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7a
- to be regular.
“Now about the collection for God’s people…On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income…” – 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
“I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in the land.” – Deuteronomy 15:11
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me. But you ask, how do we rob You? In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse, the whole nation of you, because you are robbing Me. 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 throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:8-10
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6
“Give generously to him and so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” – Deuteronomy 15:10
“… the Lord Jesus himself said, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38
Giving is Not:
- to be emotionally controlled.
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give…” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
- to be legalistic.
“Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give.” – Exodus 25:2
- to be a mere token.
“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.” – 2 Corinthians 8:3-4
- buying God’s favor.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
- insurance against personal need.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances, I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether living in plenty or in want.” – Philippians 4:11-12
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