[dropcap2]U[/dropcap2]nderstanding the Biblical Prescription for Giving
“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must also do; on the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”
1 Cor 16:1-2
First, ‘so you must also do,’ indicates that giving should be on an individual basis and involves everyone. Second, giving should be regular, not haphazard, taking place ‘on the first day of the week. Third, ‘laying something aside,’ refers to separating it out, not for personal needs but considering the money to be God’s money. Fourth, everyone’s giving should be proportionate, ‘as he may prosper.’
[dropcap2]T[/dropcap2]he Attitude for Giving
– Believers should give cheerfully, (2 Cor 9:7)
– It should be willingly, from the heart (Exodus 25:2, 35:4-36:2, Ezra 2:68-69).
– Giving should be motivated by love and generosity and is a measure of one’s love for God (Luke 21:1-4, 1 Corinthians 13:3).
– Giving should be done in secret and not for show (Matt 6:3-4).
– Giving should be done with simplicity (Romans 12:8).
– Giving should be done with honesty and integrity (Acts 5:1-10).
– Giving should be done freely, because we have already been given so much (Matt 10:8).
– Giving should be done out of love for God (1 Cor 13:3).
– Giving should be an expression of one’s faith (James 2:15-17).
Giving is an act of Worship and Thanksgiving to God (2 Cor 9:12). It is improtant to us that you understand the motives and reasons for your gving. Therefore, you must:
– Be born again (John 3:1-7).
– Understand the biblical principals of giving.
– Have Christian maturity.
– Give without a hidden agenda
[dropcap2]W[/dropcap2]hat Giving is Not
– Not by force or compulsion, a gift given grudgingly will induce animosity.
– Your tithe is not an investment formula for material goods and/or wealth.
– The motive is not to get something back.
– A gift should not be given based on coercion or emotional appeals.
– Should not be given because of tradition, or customs.
– Giving should not be done because ‘everyone else is doing it’ and your concern about peer pressure.
– Giving does not remove guilt or give you “points” with God.
[dropcap2]F[/dropcap2]ailure of Honoring God with Our Giving
– We rob God and forfeit blessings that we would have received (Malachi 3).
– We contradict ourselves when we claim to have experienced the grace of God in forgiveness and yet to be ungracious with our giving (“Freely you have recieved, freely give.” (Matt 10:8).
– We fail to thrive to Christian maturity and receive suspended growth.
– We forget the Lord and fall into sin (Deut 8:11-20).