Giving is about worship
Jesus talked about money more than any other subject. Why? Because He knew that our heart, our desires, our allegiances are, more often than not, tied to our stuff. That’s an issue because He made us to find our hope, security, identity, and joy in only one place—in Him. Giving helps us to keep our focus on Christ and worship Him alone as King. It also frees us up to live as He intended.
Giving is about gratitude
We give out of thanks to God, for who He is and all that He has done. We recognize that everything we have is a gift from Him and, for this reason, we want to give some of it back.
Giving is about stewardship
Sometimes we are tempted to talk about what we have as “our stuff,” but the Scriptures are clear that “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” including us. We aren’t called to be owners or to be kings. Rather, we are called to be stewards of what God has entrusted to us. That means we need to be intentional about using what we have been given for God’s purposes. This not only pleases God but allows us to be part of what God is doing, experiencing both joy and a sense of partnership with Him.
Giving is also about love
One of the hallmarks of those in the early church was their love for one another. These believers shared their possessions, often in sacrificial ways, to make sure that no one was in need. They loved in very practical ways and gladly did so. This is part of being family.
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