THE ART OF GIVING

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
2 Timothy 3:16 KJV

God desires that we have precise and accurate knowledge of every single matter in His word. Our anchor text tells us that Scripture is given for our training. Thus, as believers, we must make every effort to build our convictions on the foundation of God’s word and not on assumptions.

This should be the case when it comes to our money habits. We must pattern our giving according to the word. And today, we will examine some instructions from the word of God about giving.

Firstly, giving is about the heart and the motive behind the action. In 2 Corinthians 9:12, Paul referred to giving as an act of service. This means that our hearts must be aligned with our actions. Our giving must be out of love (1 Corinthians 13:3).

Secondly, it matters how much we give. As much as the Bible teaches to give cheerfully, it also teaches to give substantially ( 2 Corinthians 9:7, 2 Corinthians 8:2-3). The code of giving for the man in Christ is by sacrifice. Jesus sacrificed His life for us, and put His Spirit in us to teach us to do the same. This includes our giving.

Finally, scripture addresses who we should give to. We are instructed to give to those who labor over us in the word (Galatians 6:6, 1 Corinthians 9:8). Your local pastors must be honored more in your local assembly than in other assemblies. We are also instructed to give to other believers (Galatians 6:9-10). There must be a preference for your siblings in Christ because you have been joined together by the blood of Christ.

God expects us to give to the poor and the needy. He is not oblivious of the poor (Psalms 68:5) and He wants us to have the same attitude towards the needy. Have a plan to give to the poor, and do so wisely.

Listen, God’s word is His standard for giving. Therefore, to give right, we must follow the standard of God’s word. Which giving habits will you adopt today?

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 6:1-16, Philippians 3:1-9, Psalms 119:153-160, 2 Kings 14-15

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