"Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and he who sows boutifully will also reap boutifully. Each one must do jsut as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 There are many references in the Bible to how and what God wants us to give and to the blessings of giving. When we give the way God says to give, He wants us to be blessed not just in financial ways but in our lives. God wants us to be cheerful givers. Each one must enjoy the understanding and idea of giving.
Giving is a reminder of God's ownership and is blessed by God.
Proverbs 3:9-10 "Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine."
The whole essence of biblical stewardship is not worrying about money so much; give to God first and He will take care of you.
Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Giving involves tithes and offerings in gratitude and worship.
The idea of giving began in the Garden of Eden. God gave specific instructions to Cain and Abel on what types of offerings they were to bring, just as God instructs his followers today. Abel obeyed God and God was pleased; Cain, however, did not do as God instructed.
Genesis 4:2-3 "Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. And Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell."
A tithe was first mentioned in Genesis, but Moses mentions a tithe and commits it into law in Leviticus.
Leviticus 27:30-32 "Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord. If, therefore, a man wishes to redeem part of his tithe, he shall add to it one-fifth of it. For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod,, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord."
At God's instructions, this practice continues throughout the Bible.
Malachi 3:10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows."
God's instructions for tithing begin in the Old Testament and continue through the New Testament. As we study and follow God's word, it becomes clear that we are to give a tithe to God. We are to be led by the spirit of God with an attitude of gratitude. Every time we give, we are reminding ourselves that God is the owner of it all and we are his stewards.
Jesus commends the tithe in the New Testament.
Matthew 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."
The temple and the church are places of worship and giving.
Wherever people gather to worship is the first place that we come to give. Obviously that's not the only place to give, but it is the first place that God calls us to give.
Acts 4:34-35 – "For there are was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles' feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need."
The place of worship and the place of giving were the same.
Giving to God brings the blessing of further provision.
God tells us throughout the Bible that giving to Him will bring blessings to the giver.
Proverbs 3:10 – "So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine."
Malachi 3:10 – "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows."
God calls on us to test Him. He tells us to bring the tithes in and he will give us more blessings than we can handle. Believe God. Trust God. Give as God instructs you to Give and God will provide for you. God will not let you down if you will obey Him.
We don't give in order to get; we give to worship. We give to make an impact, to make a difference in people's lives. We give to further ministry; we give to send people all over the world. God gives us more when He finds a faithful vessel through whom He can work.
If God finds that you are faithful, He will provide for you more so that you can continue to be faithful. He will take care of you.
Luke 6:38 – "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
Giving opens the door to greater ministry and testimony
Acts 4:33 – "And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all."
Get it on the blessings of God by getting in on the obedience of God. This is true not just of giving but of every aspect of surrender in your life. Surrender yourself – your time and talents to God – and God will take it and bless your life.