Why we give
God is generous and so he calls us to be as well. What we do with what God has given us shows the world where our hearts are and helps to proclaim the gospel. We want to glorify God with every area of our lives, and that includes what we do with our finances.
Reasons To Give
A Reflection of the Heart
Matthew 6:20-21 “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." What’s the most important thing to you? We can clearly see the way the world encourages us to store up treasures on earth and exalt materialism to the point that debt has become acceptable. We can probably even recognize that truth by looking at our own checkbooks. As Christ-followers, however, we are called to free ourselves from the bondage of debt so that our resources are available for His purposes.
Reflection of Priorities
Long before tithing was a practice of the Israelite people, Cain and Abel, the 2nd generation of the human race, brought an offering to the Lord. Abel brought the “firstborn of his flock,” while Cain brought “some of the fruits of the soil.” The Lord blessed Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s. God wants to be first in our lives. Deuteronomy 26:1-2 “When you have entered the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land and present them to the LORD your God.” (NIV)
Giving is a Privilege
The 1st Century church modeled for us what it means to give generously and joyfully so that more and more people could find their way back to God. 2 Corinthians 8:2-4 “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 the saints.” (NIV)
Giving is a Blessing
God uses the tithe as an investment where everyone involved gets a return. If we are blessed beyond our needs, it is not for the purpose of living more lavishly. It is for the purpose of blessing others. The church and the kingdom are blessed, and it is God’s nature to also bless the giver. Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough to store it." (NIV)