God is the provider of every good thing in your life.
Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.
Matthew 7:11-12 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
2 Chronicles 1:11-12 Since you [Solomon] have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I [the LORD] will also give you wealth, riches and honor.
Consider this Quote:
“Have we not reason to talk of God’s goodness and to tell of His power? When friends are kind to us we esteem it a privilege to thank them for their kindness. How much more should we count it a joy to return thanks to the Friend who has given us every good and perfect gift. Then let us, in every church, cultivate thanksgiving to God. Let us educate our lips to praise God in the family circle. . . . Let our gifts and offerings declare our gratitude for the favors we daily receive. In every- thing we should show forth the joy of the Lord.”
E.G. White, God’s Amazing Grace (1973) 325.
As thunder follows lightning, giving follows grace. When God’s grace touches you, you can’t help but respond with generous giving. Randy Alcorn
Give to God what’s right–not what’s left.
Practical Advice about Giving
By Brian Kluth, Pastor and Founder of www.MAXIMUMgenerosity.org
Here is some practical advice for people who have questions, doubts or fears about giving to the Lord’s work.
If you are NOT a Christian: Don’t worry about giving to God. Instead, realize and accept what God wants to give to you — complete forgiveness, a brand new start, the power to be good and to do good for others, help for your problems, the ability to forgive, and a home in heaven. If you recognize your need for these things, pray and invite Jesus Christ to bring these things into your life.
For all Christians: Always make it a priority to faithfully support the work of your local church and conference first. Then give special gifts and offerings to other mission driven projects and the needy as God leads you.
If you’re fearful about returning 10% and more of your income to the Lord, try a 90-day test: In Malachi 3:10 God invites people to “test Him” in the matter of tithing (returning the first 10% of your income to God’s work) and offerings. Therefore, I encourage people to try a 90-day test. Begin re- turning 10% of your income to the Lord’s work and watch and see if God does not begin working in your life in ways you haven’t previously experienced. If you regret that decision OR if you feel you never experienced God’s divine help in your finances during this time period, then discontinue the test. However, if you experience God’s help, joyfully continue returning 10% and more to the Lord’s work.
If you want to begin to actively give to God FIRST: Here are four different ideas to choose from:
1) Whenever you get any money, set aside 10% as a tithe and a second tenth as an offering.
2) Whenever you put a deposit in your checkbook, write out the first check(s) to God’s work for 10% or more.
3) If you track your finances through a bookkeeping system or computer program, set up a category for church giving and another one for other Christian causes. Then begin to faithfully set aside 10% or more of your income into these accounts.
If you are married to a Christian, but the two of you do not agree on how much you should give to the Lord’s work: See if your spouse will read through this material. Then talk and pray together about a mutually agreeable “testing period” concerning your returning tithe and giving more.
If you are married and your spouse is not a Christian: Identify any money you have freedom to spend (read Luke 8:3) and set aside 10% or more of this money to return to the Lord’s work AND/OR show this material to your spouse and see if you can try the 90-day testing period.
If you are deciding whether to give off the gross or the net of your income: Pray and ask God what He wants you to do. If He prompts you in your heart to give off the gross amount, go ahead and do this, trusting Him with the results. If you don’t have a peace about this, begin returning 10% off the net amount for a few months and see what happens. After a few months, if you experience God’s creative care in your life, then why not return 10% or more off of your gross income.
If you have children at home: Help your children set up a place where they can set aside “God’s portion” of any money they receive (i.e., allowances, work projects, gifts of money, etc.). In addition to their tithe, have them give at church, to world missions through the Sabbath School Offering, and to help people in need.
If you have “fallen behind” in your giving to God’s work: If you knowingly or accidentally have fallen behind in your giving to God’s work, you will never regret the decision to “get right” in this area. Review your financial records from the past several months and pray about “making up” the amount you have fallen behind. One lady in her 90’s I heard about sent a tithe cheque to the church treasury with the note, “I want to be prayed up, paid up, and ready to go!” If you find remembering to return tithe is difficult, consider setting up a direct debit with the Conference.