What is giving?
Our salvation is by grace through faith!
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Giving is an act of grace. Paul describes the ability and willingness of the Macedonians to help the needy Christians in Jerusalem as an act of grace (2 Corinthians 8:6).
And so it is a gracious gift of God that gives us the desire, capability and opportunity to give. Motivation for giving – the inner desire to want to give, along with the capability to do so – is supplied by grace also.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
In his grace God even provides the opportunities to give.
This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacriÞce for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us (1 John 4:10-12).
Grace moves God to bless us with what scripture terms “rewards” when we respond with loving and thankful gifts.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great…(Luke 6:35).
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free (Ephesians 6:7,8).
God’s promises of rewards come from his heart of grace to encourage us ␣␣to overcome temptations to be stingy .... to be generous ..... to bless our lives with additional goodness now and in eternity, and ..... to give us joy.
Blessings Follow God's Grace
Giving brings greater blessings to Christians than receiving.
It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
When we give there are three blessings. We shouldn’t be content with the first blessing which is when we receive money from God. There is the second blessing of giving so that others receive, and the third blessing of God being pleased. It is the second and third blessing that keep the first blessing from becoming a curse of having too much and centering our lives around money and things.
We rob ourselves of the grace rewards (undeserved blessings) God wants to give us when we choose not to be generous.
Sometimes people say, “Give ‘til it hurts.” Christians who give generously out of love and faith advise us, “Give ‘til it feels good."
Common Excuses for Not Giving?
It's my money. I earned it.
It is a common idea that a person has absolute authority over his own stuff. But the reality is very different. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). Whatever we have has come from the Lord’s hand, and only indirectly by our earning (1 Chronicles 29:14). Our wealth belongs to us in the same way that a child’s bedroom belongs to the child. The room actually belongs to the parent, but the child is given temporary, accountable charge over it.