The Bible and Giving
2 Corinthians 8:1-7 The Grace of Giving
“And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 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. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will. So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us— see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
Principles for Giving:
My purpose in life is to glorify God.
I acknowledge that I own nothing.
I realize that how I use my resources is an indication of my spiritual health.
I spend as God’s steward.
I give as God’s steward.
From The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
God owns everything. I’m His money manager. Heaven, not Earth is my home. I should live not for the dot but for the line. Giving is the only antidote to materialism. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
Ways to Give