GOSPEL GIVING

THE GOSPEL AFFECTS EVERYTHING

The Scriptures are very clear. We are not our own, we have been bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19-20). To belong to Jesus means we are free to no longer be a slave to anyone or anything but him.

Many of us live as though we are still in bondage to money. We hoard it. We become consumed by it. We fear losing it. We become anxious that we will not make enough. Instead of being free to use money for his purposes, we become enslaved to it.

When we fully believe and embrace the gospel, we approach money and giving very differently. We realize that we don’t really own anything, because everything we have is his. Then again, we really own everything because all that is his is now ours in Jesus Christ!

Jesus became poor for our sakes so that in his poverty we could become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). When we get this, we become willing to give so that others can be taken care of. We understand that we have nothing to lose because everything that is his is securely held in heaven for us.

The reality is that none of us is ever sacrificing anything when we give money, time, possessions or our talents because we really don’t own anything—it’s all his. So what we’re really doing is just using all that is his for his glory. It’s not a sacrifice, but a privilege.

Some Basics on Gospel Giving

  • We give to our church. We release our giving into the hands of local church leadership.(Num. 18:27-29; Lev. 23:9-14; Acts 4:32-37, 6:1).

  • We give first. We are to seek first God’s Kingdom—a firstfruits principle—not worrying about what will eat or drink, but trusting that he will take care of our needs (Matt. 6:33).

  • We give generously. (2 Cor. 8)

  • We grow by giving. As we give, we release our grip on our idols because we trust God more and more.

  • Giving is freedom. It was for freedom that Christ set us free (Gal. 5:1). Faithful obedience is freedom.

  • Giving is good for us. Giving benefits the giver, not just the beneficiary. (2 Cor. 8)

  • Giving is a joy. We give as a joyful response to what God has given us in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 8).

  • The tithe is a tutor. Although we are no longer under the Law, we let the tithe be a tutor for where we might begin in our giving and a revealer of how we still need to grow in Christ.

  • It is all God’s anyway. Everything we have comes from God and belongs to God, therefore we are not really sacrificing anything when we give (Jas. 1:17; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 12:1-2).

  • We support our church leaders. We are to support those who serve us in the equipping and training of the gospel (1 Cor. 9:1-14; Gal. 6:6-7; 1 Tim. 5:17-25).

  • Our giving grows over time. We should grow in our giving as we more fully embrace the gospel. (Matt. 25:31-46; Acts 2:44-45, 3:34-35)

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