A few thoughts on giving:
Give with the right attitudes
- We're to give willingly.
2 Corinthians 9:12 "For if the willingness is there, your gift is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have."
1 Corinthians 9:7 "Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under pressure."
- Give joyfully.
"God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7
- Give generously.
2 Corinthians 8:3-4 "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."
- Give expectantly.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously." 2 Corinthians 9:6
The key to giving
"They first gave themselves to the Lord." 2 Corinthians 8:5
- If God owns me, He's going to own my wallet. If He doesn't own my heart, He doesn't own my wallet. I need to first give myself to the Lord.
Here is a sample prayer, giving myself to the Lord:
'Father, I know You love me and want what's best or me. I recognize that all I have, or ever will have, comes from You. I am more interested in pleasing You than in having possessions. I want You to have first place in my life and I am willing to begin tithing as You have commanded. Out of gratitude for all You've done for me and in expectation that You will continue to provide for me, I commit myself to returning at least the first 10% of all I earn back to You. I want to begin investing for eternity. Help me to remain faithful to this commitment. In Jesus' name, Amen.'
What is tithing?
- Giving a tithe is giving ten percent of my income.
What's the difference between a tithe and an offering?
- An offering is anything I give in addition to my tithe.
Why should I tithe?
- Tithing demonstrates that God has first place in my life.
Deuteronomy 14:23 "The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God in first place in your life."
- Tithing reminds me that everything was given to me by God.
Deuteronomy 8:18 "Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the ability to produce wealth."
- Tithing expresses my gratitude to God for the blessings He's given me.
Psalm 116:12 asks: "How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?"
The answer -- Deuteronomy 16:17: "Each of you should bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you."