The Root of Riches: Part 2 - Giving for God's Glory
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6–9:9
What makes us afraid to give? We don’t trust God to provide for our needs. Giving takes off greedy edge. It is an invitation to greatness and fights the mindset of materialism. Giving helps to control contentment and helps to stay in a humble positon trusting the Lord to take care of all our needs.
What is at the root of our beliefs about riches? Jesus is the high king of heaven and the streets of heaven are paved with gold. But Jesus left the riches of heaven and humbled himself. He was a poor carpenter’s son and He died by giving up his life for us.
There are five principles for giving. Whoever sows sparingly well reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. What giving does for the church and what it also does for the giver. Giving to ministry allows the church will have a greater local and global impact. The giver will learn obedience and trust in God. Giving should come from the desire to further the work of the Gospel, and not what we may get back. Giving will not make you righteous, but it is about obedience. Intentional giving involves prayerfully planning what you will give. Planning removes guilt and pressure. Giving needs to be intentional and impulsive. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart. Not reluctantly or under compulsion.
Decide on a plan for giving by putting aside a portion of money regularly. Giving is not about trying to get right with God, but is a result of what He is doing in your heart. God loves happy givers who are not under compulsion for they trust that He will provide for everything. God uses giving for every good work and He is sufficient. God created you for specific good works by giving us the ability and opportunity to do it through his church. Generous giving is the evidence of eternal righteousness. An example of generosity with compassion is when our generosity is distributed freely to the poor. Likewise, when you give God your sin, He gives you His righteousness.
Take up a challenge to give to the poor. Give freely. Bring hope to the hopeless.
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