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CHRISTIAN GIVING

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly (little) shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully (much) shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” — II Corinthians 9:6-7

Giving is part of worship and service to the Lord. The Lord commands the Christian to give. Notice that the command is given with a promise from God. The Christian is to give and God promises He will also give in return to the Christian. You give – He gives! God and Jesus Christ both set the example of giving for the Christian. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16); “And I give unto them eternal life” (John 10:28); “Who giveth us richly” (I Timothy 6:17). “The gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23). The Lord will never let you out give Him. You will get what you give. If you give love you will receive love. If you give hate you will receive hate. Remember, the devil cannot make you sin and God cannot make you serve.

Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You (Luke 6:38) – Do you want to receive from God? Then you must first learn to give and He will give o you. You will receive in accordance to what you give. Give little – Get little. Give much-Get much. If the farmer wants to reap a good harvest he must first sow seed. If he sows no seed he will never reap a harvest. No sowing – No reaping. As you sow you reap. The grain from two ears of corn can bring forth a good harvest. But, if a farmer planted a bushel of grain, he would receive a greater harvest. The Lord promises to give as you give. Are you expecting a good crop this year? The reaping depends upon the sowing. The way to get is to give!

Some Excuses for Not Giving – “I don’t have it” “I owe too much.” “I can’t afford it.” “I must put my family first.” “I will try next payday.” Notice that most excuses start with the big problem “I.” Do you trust God? Can God lie? God has made it possible for all Christians to give. Rich or poor, all can give of what they have. The Lord does not look at the size of the gift but at the sacrifice of the gift. The widow woman in Mark 12:41-44 gave more than the rich people. She gave what she had.

How Much Should You Give? The Lord does not require all Christians to give all they have but He does require you to give. A starting amount is one-tenth (tithe) of your income (Genesis 28:22). This is only the beginning. As a Christian prospers, he should give more (I Cor. 16:2). As you give, God returns more to you. God has made a way for every Christian to give and it is by percent. If you only have ten dollars, you can give one dollar.

Every Christian can give:

  • Our bodies for service (Romans 12:1).
  • Ourselves to God (I Timothy 4:15).
  • Our time to the Word of God (I Timothy 4:13).
  • Ourselves to prayer (Acts 6:4).
  • Our thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18).
  • Our money (II Corinthians 8:2-4).

A Test for Giving – The Lord promises to give…if you will give. He is waiting for you to make another step in your life. The Lord says, “Prove me now…” (Malachi 3:10). The Lord wants you to test Him. Will you now prove the Lord? Test God for three months!

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