10 Signs of a Christian – 4.  Giving

Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.

“But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’

“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.  (Malachi 3:8-10)

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”  (Acts 20:35)

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Learn it:

            It is in our human instincts to want to store up wealth.  It is logical sense because we never know when life will throw us a curve ball.  As a Christian we put our faith and trust in God.  That trust includes the financial area of our life.  Throughout Scripture it calls believers to be generous and sacrificial with their money and resources.  This lifestyle of generosity is one that should be done joyfully, not forced.  God wants us to be excited to trust Him with this area of our life. 

            We read in Malachi that God wants us to test him in giving our money and good to him.  If we give to him then he will make sure that we will have more than enough to survive on.  God will not let us struggle and he will provide for us in ways that we will never see coming.  God the Father is generous and does not want to see his children suffer.  It does not mean we won’t go through some tough times.  We will.  It just means we have to have faith that He will bring us out of it and He will.

Live it:

            Giving is a taboo subject and one many pastors, including myself, don’t look forward to teaching about.  Yet, it is written about a lot in the Bible and one that cannot be ignored.  In order for the Church to survive and the mission of God to go our local communities and the world, it needs generous people.  This generosity is an opportunity to trust God.  Don’t tithe or give an offering because I am telling you to.  Pray and ask God for a generous heart.  Give because you want to do it joyfully.  God cares more about your motives than blind obedience. 

            Be a joyful giver who knows that God will repay us for all of our generosity.  It may be now, or it may be in heaven.  If you don’t give now, then begin small.  As your confidence grows than trust God more and more.

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