“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. On the first day of every week set aside some of what you have earned and give it as an offering.” Luke 14:33
“The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.” 1 Corinthians 16:2
Why God Wants Me To Give
1. Giving makes me more like God.
“God so loved the world that He gave his only Son.” John 3:16 You can give without loving but you can’t love without giving.
2. Giving draws me closer to God.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” Matthew 6:21 What you feed grows. What you starve dies.
3. Giving is the antidote to materialism.
1 Timothy 6:17-18 “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to be generous and willing to share. In this way they may take hold of the life that is truly Life!”
4. Giving strengthens my faith.
“Give and it will be given to you. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
5. Giving is an investment in eternity.
“Give happily to those in need, and always be ready to share whatever God has given you. By doing this, you will be storing up real treasure for yourselves in heaven.” Luke 6:35
6. Giving blesses me in return.
“A generous man will himself be blessed.” Proverbs 22:9
7. Giving makes me happy.
“Jesus said, ‘There is more blessing in giving than in receiving.’” Acts 20:35
How much should I give?
Luke 14:33 (NIV) “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
“Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under pressure.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Where should I give my gift or tithe? When should I give to the Lord? Give With The Right Attitudes
1. We’re to give willingly.
“For if the willingness is there, your gift is acceptable according to what you have,” “not according to what you don’t have.” 2 Corinthians 9:12
2. Give joyfully.
“God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
3. Give generously.
“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.” 2 Corinthians 8:3-4
4. Give sacrificially.
“Remember this. Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously.”