Why Do We Give?
How Do We Give?
Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
Since you excel in so many ways – in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love for us – I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)Sacrificially Giving sacrificially inconveniences us. Our flesh is quick to offer excuses and justification, but the gospel calls us to deep and radical sacrifice. Do we actually give to the point that we feel it and the feeling stings? Does the call to take up our cross (Matthew 16:24-26) not also carry the charge to lay down our wallets and checkbooks?
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion – how can God’s love be in that person? (1 John 3:16-17)Regularly We should set aside our gifts for God with predetermined regularity. In our culture, we think that translates to “give when you get paid.” When God blesses us with income, the proper response is to set aside a portion of that money immediately to give back to his work.
On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. (1 Corinthians 16:2)