What does the Bible teach about giving?

The gospel impacts every area of our life, as we’re called to deny self, take up our cross and follow the pattern the Lord Jesus gives us: humble and sacrificial service. Our attitude to money is no less a part of this. But what exactly does the Bible teach about giving?

In response to God’s gift to us

The gospel is amazing good news as God shows his love for us, that while we still sinners, Christ died for us... through whom we have now received reconciliation with God (Romans 5:8,11). A sinful, undeserving people, facing God’s eternal condemnation, reconciled back to God through the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Such lavish generosity towards us helps our motivation to be generous in response.

In response to the model Jesus gives us

Paul writes in Philippians, ‘Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant.’ (Philippians 2: 4-7). It is an amazing thing that God himself would descend from all the glory of heaven to live on earth, yet alone that He would take on flesh and live as a man, yet alone then be lead to die on a cross.

The one we follow sets up a considerable model for us, in counting others more significant than ourselves. A challenge to how we use our lives, gifts and resources.

In response to the need

The gospel unites us in a common bond (salvation in Jesus Christ) and a common purpose (getting on board with God’s agenda to bring salvation to the ends of the earth). Christians are a world-wide family of God, engaged together in the mission of God, investing our resources in this very aim.

Within this, we need to think wisely about such giving, considering our resources and responsibilities to be wise stewards of our money.

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