Truth in Giving

by APC on March 28, 2019

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38, KJV).

God’s Ideal Plan

God has a true ideal and specific plan for giving in His Word. Many have misconceptions about what giving entails. Giving is to make over or bestow without receiving a return; it’s all about releasing and letting go, especially in the area of our finances. We must realize that giving is much deeper than a transaction. It’s the surest way we’ll gain in God’s kingdom as we’re blessed more in giving than receiving (Acts 20:35).

Nature of Giving

God’s very nature is comprised of giving. Because we’re made in His image, we’re designed to give. Since the Garden of Even, God has given man the choice to give, but our sinful nature doesn’t like to give but hold back resources. But, giving is really just an extension of  what God’s already placed inside of us and made us to be! God calls us to exemplify our giving via tithes and offerings. Tithing is giving a tenth of our income. Man is given 9/10 to manage and instructed to give God 1/10. Tithing is in no way shape or form a cold act of obedience, it’s a relational act of worship. When we don’t give to God, we’re withholding worship. We must realize the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Nothing belongs to us, God lets us keep 90%!

Biblical History of Tithing

God put giving in the heart of His people long before the law to give was dictated and recorded. Abraham commenced the idea of tithing in Scripture (Genesis 14:18–20). He gave tithes of all; no one taught him, he just did it. Jacob continued this practice (Genesis 28:22). He gave a tenth to God. Continuing in Scripture, we see how Moses commanded to the children of Israel (Leviticus 27:30). He taught them that the tithe belonged to the Lord. Malachi later confirmed tithing (Malachi 3:10). In the New Testament, Jesus commended it (Matthew 23:23). While He began in chiding the Pharisees, He still noted we should tithe. In seeing all of these examples in Scripture, who are we to cancel it?

Tithing has Definite Consequences

While tithing is important, it has consequences if we choose to abide or abstain. On the whole, when we don’t tithe or give offerings we will have robbed God (Malachi 3:8–11). When we rob someone, we take something that doesn’t belong to us. Scripture tells us thieves will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The tithe isn’t ours, it belongs to God. It’s never up to a human make his or her decision to pay or not pay a tithe. God won’t take it; He expects us to return it to signify His Lordship over our finances.

Negative Consequences

There are negative consequences when we don’t follow the Biblical law of tithing. If we don’t return our tithe, we’re cursed with a curse (Malachi 3:9). Everything we put our hand to will not prosper or we’ll have to work much harder to accomplish anything. We’ll also lose the protection of God to keep the devourers from taking our blessing. Everything we don’t have control over, God will no longer hold things back.

Positive Consequences

It’s not God’s will that we live in financial struggle our entire life. There are also positive consequences of giving! When we’re obedient in the tithe, God will bless us over and over again. When we give to God’s Kingdom and it’s blessed, we’ll be blessed. We’ll receive a blessing we can’t contain; we’ll have more than enough. We need to honor the Lord will all our increase (Proverbs 3:9).

Steps in God’s Financial Plan

In addition to giving, God has an entire financial plan He wants us to follow. Most financial problems people have is because they’re not following God’s plan to manage the resources He’s placed in their life. We need to be responsible with the physical materials God gives us or He can’t trust us with spiritual things. How we manage our money has eternal implications; therefore, we need to change our financial strategy!

To change how we manage our money, we need to start by giving. After we’ve established our ability to give, we need to evaluate and know where we’re at with our finances (Proverbs 27:23). We should be aware of our assets, what we owe, what we earn, etc. Afterward, we should have a plan (budget) for our spending (Proverbs 21:5). Good planning and hard work will ensure we have enough. A budget will help us curb impulse spending. It’s also important that we save for the future (Proverbs 21:20). We’re foolish if we spend everything we have! Remain diligent in saving until Jesus comes back for His church. Lastly, enjoy we need to be content and enjoy what we have (Ecclesiastes 6:9).

Principle of Contentment

Better is a house of contentment than a house full of sacrifice and strife (Proverbs 17:1). When our finances are a mess, we’re discontent with what we have in life, we’re distracted by surmounting bills, etc. we can’t do the work of the Kingdom of God. How can we focus on Him and spiritual assets when we’re distracted and distraught in physical assets? We need to be content with what we have because what we have is owned by Jesus. God has promised never to leave or forsake us. If we need something, He’ll get it.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on March 27, 2019 with Pastor Nave