Giving is the golden key to a fulfilling, satisfying, rewarding personal relationship with God.
Giving is a way to demonstrate to God that we understand that God owns everything and we own nothing. Whatever God entrusts to our care is really owned by God, and we are to be good stewards of those things: money, resources, even the people that we are to care for. Nothing of this world is really ours, for when we die, everything will be transferred into another name. To come to the understanding that everything is owned by God, and we are to be good managers of the things He blesses us with is to begin to understand the ways of the LORD.
In fact, before we can know God, we must be forgiven. For-Given means cancelling a debt. When we come to God as sinners and confess our sins, He forgives, or cancels our debts or sins in order for us to be in right relationship with God.
Then God asks us to do the same to others.
This is why so many believers do not live in Christian victory and freedom, because of unforgiveness in their hearts. The love of God to man is unconditional, but the Word of God plainly states that to continue to receive God’s forgiveness is conditioned upon our willingness to continue to forgive others. This is why it is so important that we learn to give.
Jesus instructed Peter that he was to continue to forgive everyone for any and every offense.
We find a parable in Matthew, Chapter 18:23-35, that paints a clear picture of this principle in the Word of God.
The very essence of the Christian life is about giving. God Forgives us; we forgive others. Jesus said the law was fulfilled in two simple commandments, to love God and to love mankind.
God loves us by giving to us.
God loves us by Forgiving us.
God then asks us to love him back, and to love others. We do this by giving to God and by giving to others. When a Christian doesn’t know the joy and blessings of giving and for-giving, then he or she cannot enter into the abundant life that was promised by Jesus.
Giving is an act of worship. It is an expression of gratitude to God for His unspeakable Gift, Jesus Christ. We can never repay God, but neither are we commanded to repay God for His gift of Grace. His Grace is our motivation to give!
Man will place his time, energy, talents and money wherever his heart is. God blesses His people so that His people can bless Him. His people bless God so that God can bless them.
It is impossible for man to out-give God.
The Various Types of Financial Giving Mentioned in the Bible
The word tithe means a tenth. God’s Word declares that one tenth of all we make is God’s and is owed to him. The Word teaches that we should pay our tithe to the Storehouse or Church from which we are being fed the Bread of Life.
In the New Testament, Jesus agreed that the Pharisees should be paying their tithes.
Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek.
2. Offerings / Freewill
Offerings are different from the tithe. The tithe is one tenth, but offerings are gifts given to God in addition to the tithe. God’s Word clearly states that we owe him offerings, but no specific amount is mentioned that we owe God. We call them freewill offerings, because it is up to man to hear from God and to obey Him in this area of offerings and give freely and willingly.
In the Old Testament, Israel was to bring the first fruits of all crops to the Priest in the house of the LORD. There is no specific amount or percentage they were to give, just the first corn to harvest, or the first bushel of wheat, etc.
Jesus Christ was the Firstfruits of the dead.
The Bride standing on Spiritual Mount Zion is the First Fruits unto God and the Lamb. They were the ones that grew and ripened to full maturity while here on the earth.
4. Alms / Gifts to the Poor
Giving alms to the poor, or helping people in a time of need that cannot help themselves, should be part of a Christian’s everyday experience. Jesus admonishes us not to do it to receive credit or glory from men, but rather to do it in secret, giving it as unto the LORD.
Jesus makes it clear that when we help or give unto the least among us, we are doing it unto God.
God also wants his people to have the burden of missions and to give to missions, not only in our community, but in other areas of the World.
The very heartbeat of God beats for the whole world.
The great commission given by Jesus to His disciples was a command to go into all the world.
When Jesus departed from this earth and ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost gives us the power to be witnesses, to go and share, to stand as a testimony of His grace and to shine the Light of Jesus into the darkness of a sin sick world.
Every one of us has our world: Jerusalem our back yard and town, Judea, our state, Samaria, our country, the outermost parts of the earth – the entire world. Wherever God has called you to be a light, that’s where you need to shine. We are all missionaries and witnesses unto the saving Grace of Jesus Christ.
We are commissioned to:
a. GO……be active, work, testify, shine.
b. TEACH….teach who Jesus is, teach salvation.
c. BAPTIZE….lay a solid foundation.
d. DISCIPLE….train, make disciples.
This is the mandated mission to Christian believers.