Why should I give?
For Christians, the decision to give is not primarily financial in nature. It’s rooted in
1) the nature of God and
2) our relationship with Him.
John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave …”
This declaration isn’t simply an evangelical promotional slogan or an effective witnessing tool. It’s
a revelation of the heart of God and a summation of the meaning of the Christian life. If there’s one
thing the New Testament teaches us, it’s that God is love, and that those of us who claim to believe in
Him ought to love one another as He has loved us (1 John 4:8, 11). And the message of John 3:16 is
that love gives.
This, then, is the theological or spiritual basis for Christian giving. But how does
it work itself out in the context of everyday life? On the practical level, we give because we know
something. In Christ, we have realized three inescapable truths:
1) we belong to God;
2) we have received much; and
3) money matters.
But the joy of giving can’t begin to flow in our lives until we make a commitment to put these
scriptural principles into practice.
Pray and ask God to lead you in this important Spiritual discipline.
And call us if you have questions; we’ll help as best we can.
Adapted from www.focusonthefamily.com
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