God's Word on Giving

What the Bible Says About Giving?

There are many references in the Bible regarding how we are to give and to what God wants us to give.  When we give in the manner that God says to give, He blesses us in many ways. 

 

“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).

 “…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, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

This verse teaches that it is not only what we give, but the acceptable attitude with which we should give: willingly, generously and cheerfully.

Why do we tithe?

The Bible says, the purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God's personal invitation to an outpouring of His blessings in your life.  What is a tithe and how is it different from an offering? The word, "tithe" literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.

Is God wise? Do you trust him? These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God's invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life. I dare you. See if you can out-give Him. Giving increases our faith and proves the Lord’s faithfulness.

There are five major points to help us understand the big picture of what giving to God means.

The Principle

Giving is a reminder of God’s ownership of everything and is blessed by God.

Proverbs 3:9-10 – “Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.

Give to God first and He will take care of you.

Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

The Practice

The idea of giving began in the Garden of Eden. God gave specific instructions to Cain and Abel regarding what types of offerings they were to bring, just as God instructs his followers today. Abel obeyed God and God was pleased; Cain, however, did not do as God instructed.

Genesis 4:2-3 – “Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. And Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.”

A tithe was first mentioned in Genesis, but Moses mentions a tithe and commits it into law in Leviticus.

Leviticus 27:30-32 – “Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. If, therefore, a man wishes to redeem part of his tithe, he shall add to it one-fifth of it. For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod,, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.”

At God’s instructions, this practice continues throughout the Bible.

Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of  heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

God’s instructions for tithing begin in the Old Testament and continue through the New Testament. As we study and follow God’s Word, it becomes clear that we are to give a tithe to God. We are to be led by God’s spirit with an attitude of gratitude. Every time we give, we are reminding ourselves that God is the owner of all and we are his stewards.

Jesus commends the tithe in the New Testament.

Matthew 23:23 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”

The Place

The temple and the church are places of both worship and giving.
Wherever people gather to worship is the place that they come to give. Obviously that’s not the only place to give, but it is the first place that God calls us to give. The believers in the New Testament church in Jerusalem provided for the needs of others through sacrificial giving.

Acts 4:34-35 – “For there are was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.”

The place of worship and the place of giving were the same.

The Promise 

Giving to God brings the blessing of further provision.
God tells us throughout the Bible that giving to Him will bring blessings to the giver.

Proverbs 3:10 – “So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of  heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

God calls on us to test Him. He tells us to bring the tithes into His storehouse and he will give us more blessings than we can handle. Believe God. Trust God. Give as God instructs you to give and God will provide for you. God will not let you down if you obey Him.

Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

The Power

Giving opens the door to greater ministry and testimony

Acts 4:33 – “And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.”

Surrender yourself – your time and talents to God – and God will take it and bless your life.

 

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