When we hear the word “give,” especially in the church it seems, the first thing that comes to mind is MONEY with a waterfall of thoughts…
- How much money do I need to give?
- Why do I need to give money?
- Where is my money going?
- Am I not giving enough money?
- I can only give this much money.
- Sorry, I don’t have any money to give.
Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)
Jesus says in Matthew 6:21, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (NLT)
Christ has given us the ultimate gift by making the ultimate sacrifice. We have received eternal life! Knowing this, we should seeing giving as a privilege. Are you viewing your giving in the shadow of the cross? Give with the right motives.
- Give because God has given us everything. (James 1:17)
- Give because you want to glorify God. (2 Corinthians 9:13)
- Give because you want your heart right before God. (Matthew 6:21)
- Give because you want to be a worshiper of God. Giving is a sacrifice that pleases God. (Hebrews 13:16)
- Give because you want your life to be used by God and you want to grow in your faith. (2 Corinthians 9:8-11)
Giving is a sacrifice that pleases God; it’s a way to worship Him. King David knew the connection between giving and worship. He said, “I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.” (2 Sam 24:24, NLT).
If it’s convenient, it’s not worship. Worship is costly.
Is your giving a sacrifice worthy of the altar?