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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.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
— Matthew 6:14-15

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.

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven
— Matthew 18:21-22

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.

And one of the scribes came, …. asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these
— Mark 12:28-31

God loves us by giving to us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life
— John 3:16

God loves us by Forgiving us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
— I John 1:9

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.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again
— Luke 6:38
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty
— Proverbs 11:24
Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto
— Deuteronomy 15:10

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!

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
— II Corinthians 9:7-8

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.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
— Matthew 6:21

It is impossible for man to out-give God.

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully
— II Corinthians 9:6

The Various Types of Financial Giving Mentioned in the Bible

1. Tithes

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.

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it
— Malachi 3:8-10

In the New Testament, Jesus agreed that the Pharisees should be paying their tithes.

But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone
— Luke 11:42

Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek.

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all
— Genesis 14:18-20

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.

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had
— Luke 21:1-4

3. Firstfruits

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.

The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God…
— Exodus 34:26
The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits
— II Timothy 2:6

 Jesus Christ was the Firstfruits of the dead.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept
— I Corinthians 15:20

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.

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb
— Revelation 14:4

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.

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly
— Matthew 6:1-4

Jesus makes it clear that when we help or give unto the least among us, we are doing it unto God.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal
— Matthew 25:31-46

5. Missions

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.

And the gospel must first be published among all nations
— Mark 13:10

The very heartbeat of God beats for the whole world.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life
— John 3:16

The great commission given by Jesus to His disciples was a command to go into all the world.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen
— Matthew 28:19-20

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.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth
— Acts 1:8

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.

For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth
— Acts 13:47

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.