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Prescription for Giving
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 Gods money.
Fourth, every individual’s giving should be proportionate, as he may prosper.
The Attitude for Giving
- Believers should give cheerfully, (2 Cor 9:7), or in the Greek it says hilariously.
- 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 ones 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 ones faith (James 2:15-17).
Giving is an act of Worship and Thanksgiving to God (2 Cor 9:12). It is important to us that you understand the motives and reasons for your giving. Therefore, you must:
- Be born again (John 3:1-7).
- Understand the biblical principals of giving.
- Have Christian maturity.
- Give without a hidden agenda.
What 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.
Failure 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 we are ungracious with our giving (Freely you have received, 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).
How are you Sowing?
Our universe operates under both physical and spiritual laws. As gravity is a physical law, so the law of giving is a spiritual law. Jesus said, Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you (Luke 6:38). Paul said it this way, He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully (2 Cor 9:6).This law of giving is demonstrated in agriculture. If you plant a field of corn and are frugal in the planting of seed – perhaps you plant each seed two feet apart instead of six inches – you’ll reap a sparse crop. If you sow sparingly, you’re going to reap sparingly. But if you sow bountifully, you’ll also reap bountifully. That is exactly Gods law of giving. A lot of times it is difficult to understand how these spiritual laws operate. And because we don’t see how they could possibly function, we say, Since I cant understand how that works, I am keeping my money.-Chuck Smith in Living Water , Chapter 20