Our faithful giving honors and glorifies the Lord. The act of giving is discussed extensively in both the Old and New Testaments; both the poor and rich, both young and old gave. We are not to give out of duty or for recognition. Rather, faith in and love for God motivate us to give, and giving generously evidences our faith. God’s grace empowers us to be faithful with our lives and resources. God’s love and generosity are seen through our giving. We follow God’s will when we joyfully share God’s gifts with others.
A foundational truth about Christian giving is that it comes from the heart, not just from the pocketbook. It is an expression of love and care. We are to be compassionate and eager to share God’s blessings with those in need. Giving springs from the recognition that the bountiful blessings of our lives are from God. Our giving recognizes that God is the ultimate Giver. We are not only to enjoy the blessings God gives us, but share them as well. In addition, Scripture promises us that God will enrich us when we are faithful in our regular and proportionate giving (Malachi 3:10; Luke 6:38).
Prayer: Dear Father, You have been generous to me. Help me to be generous to You by giving to my church and those in need. In Your holy and precious name I pray. Amen.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!