Giving is not the most popular topic for a lot of Christians. However, it is discussed in the Bible over and over again, clearly showing there is importance in our giving. It’s not a matter necessarily of the amount of giving that is taking place, but the heart motivation behind it.
Jesus gave us the ultimate example by giving His life for all of us. For those of us who choose to follow Him, there is no reason we can’t give everything we have for everything that He is for us. And yes, that includes money as well (which is really all God’s money anyway).
Once we choose not to give, whether that be money, or our time, or a possession, we proclaim that we don’t trust God to be our provider and we trust more in ourselves to do the providing. We also often raise those things we are “tight fisted” about to the level of god in our lives since they become more important than Him, the real God.
Let’s look and see what the Bible has to say with Scripture on Giving:
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 – The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
Psalm 112:5 – It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
Proverbs 11:25 – Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
Proverbs 22:9 – Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
Matthew 6:3-4 – But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Proverbs 25:21 – If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Proverbs 21:26 – All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
Proverbs 28:27 – Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
Psalm 37:21 – The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives.
Proverbs 3:9 – Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce.
2 Corinthians 8:9 – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.