When we think of giving resources,
we mostly think of our money. But we often have many other resources
we can give or allow others to use that will benefit the body of
Christ, like our time, our possessions, our home, our talents
we have that God can use for His work and glory.
There are many reasons to give of our resources:
Giving keeps us from being materialistic.
Read 1 Timothy 6.17-19.
Giving strengthens our faith because it teaches
us to rely on God, not ourselves and what we have. We can experience
how God will provide all our needs.
Giving blesses us! Read Malachi 3.10. While
this shouldnt be a motivation for giving, it certainly is
Giving makes me more like God. In the same
way that God gave His Son on the cross for us, we can sacrificially
give our resources for others.
Giving shows we love God more than anything else.
Read 2 Corinthians 8.7-8.
Giving helps us recognize that God gave us all
we have were just stewards of it.
HOW DO I GIVE?
We are to give God the best and first part, not
our leftovers. Read Proverbs 3.9-10.
We are to give willingly and cheerfully. Read
1 Corinthians 9.12 and 2 Corinthians 9.7.
We are to give sacrificially and what God has
placed on our heart to give. Read 1 Corinthians 9.7 and 2 Corinthians
8.3-4. There are no rules about what we are supposed to give, so
we each need to find out what God wants us to give.