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The Bible has much to say about money. In fact, it contains more than 2,000 verses on the subject. Time and again, the Bible associates our money with our commitment and relationship to the Lord.

Give has been defined as “to make a present of.” One of the many ways we can give to others is financially. Through giving, the early church helped one another and invested in what God was doing. Sadly, the concept of giving has become distorted today. Yet our giving is vitally connected to who we are. Giving is a spiritual sacrifice and an expression of love and gratitude, because everything that we have comes from God . The way we give indicates a great deal about our spirituality. Our giving reveals our value system. Jesus said, “for where your treasure is there your heart be also” Matthew 6:21. God doesn’t ask us to give because He needs our resources. Rather, He challenges us to make Him the focus of our lives instead of our money and possessions.

Biblical Principles for Giving

Although the Apostle Paul never overemphasized the subject of giving, he never neglected it, either. In , we find specific guidelines for giving: it is to be a universal practice for believers, it is to be done weekly, it is a personal act, and it is something we should be prepared to do. As we give, God will meet our needs and prosper us .

Motives for Giving

God promises to bless us if we have the right attitude toward giving / . The Bible instructs to, “let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver”, 2 Corinthians 9:7. The motives that God desires for our giving are; an expression of love for Him, to lay up treasures in Heaven, and reach the world for Jesus Christ.

A steward oversees the affairs and property of another person. As Christians, stewardship implies that everything we have belongs to God. Being a good steward means to manage our resources well and use them to glorify God.

The Principle of Tithing

Old Testament law required God’s people to give ten percent of their income, which could include flocks, herds or crops. This ten percent was known as a tithe. In addition to the tithe, God’s people we required to give offerings to the Lord for the care of the temple and the salaries of the priests. In the days of Israel, tithing was not voluntary giving. It was demanded as a form of taxation. The big question many ask, is tithing for today? Dr. J.B. Gabrell made this observation, “It is unthinkable from the standpoint of the cross that anyone would give less under grace than the Jews gave under the law.” God makes an incredible promise to those who give to His work .

But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written: ​​“He has dispersed abroad, ​​He has given to the poor; ​​His righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
​​Honor the LORD with your possessions, ​and with the first-fruits of all your increase; 10 ​​so your barns will be filled with plenty,​​ and your vats will overflow with new wine.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, ​that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” ​Says the LORD of hosts, ​“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 ​​“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” ​​Says the LORD of hosts