Giving is an outward expression of an inward move of God in the human heart. As in the days of Ezra, ‘…everyone whose heart God moved, prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord’ (Ezra 1:5).
Each person is free to give or not to give, they are under no obligation or compulsion. Therefore, we can give joyfully, ‘God loves a cheerful giver’ (2 Cor. 9:7).
In the New Testament giving is:
- An Act of Worship
- An Act of Obedience
- An Act of Generosity
- An Act of Grace
- An Act of Faith
Giving will look different for everyone as it is proportional to what that person has or earns (1 Cor. 16:2). Tithing (giving 10% of our income) is a good minimum to aim for. Think of it as our ‘First-fruits’. However, God encourages us to go beyond this if we can.
We see this in Acts 4:34-36:
‘For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.’
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