Why should I give?
These principles are taken from the “Freed-up Financial Living” course that we regularly teach for those who want to pursue biblical application to their finances.
We are made to give.
"So God created man in His own image." Genesis 1:27 God is gracious and generous. We will lead a more satisfied and fulfilled life when we give to others.
Give as a response to God’s goodness
“Every good and perfect gift is from above….” James 1:17 Therefore, we give out of gratefulness for what we have received.
Give to focus on God as our source and security.“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Give to bless others.
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2 If we are blessed with resources beyond our needs, it is not for the purpose of living more lavishly but to bless others. We are blessed to be a blessing.
Be willing to share.
“Command them (the rich) to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18
Give to break the hold of money.
Another reason to give is that doing so breaks the hold that money might otherwise have on us. While the Bible doesn’t specifically say so, it is evident that persons who give freely and gererously are not controlled by money but have freedom.
Give joyfully, generously, in a timely manner.
“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that 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 to saints.” 2 Corinthians 8:2-4
Give expectantly and cheerfully.
“…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.” 2 Corintians 9:6-7 NLT; see also verses 10-14