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The most famous Bible verse of our time is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” From the beginning of time, God has revealed Himself to be a giving God – in life, breath, all forms of provision, grace, salvation, eternal life, etc. Clearly, our God is amazingly generous. Jesus modeled this same generosity moment by moment in his ministry.
It should come as no surprise that the Lord wants his people to model this same generosity… but how? From Genesis to Revelation, God’s people respond to His amazing gifts with gifts of their own. Even before the Mosaic Law, that tutored us in how to live by faith, Abel worshiped God through giving. That worshipful response continues throughout the Bible and applies to our lives as well. We believe the Bible teaches three general forms of giving:
Literally meaning a “tenth,” the principle of giving God back ten percent of what He’s given us predates the law (with Abraham & Melchizedek). Some who say the NT doesn’t teach tithing may not realize that Jesus commends the Pharisees for tithing (“You should have practiced tithing”), but condemns their motives for doing it (“without neglecting [justice, mercy, and faithfulness]”. Tithing is a simple act of faithful obedience that provides for the public place of worship and helps keep a love of money at bay (by reminding us it’s not ours, but God’s).
Throughout Scripture we see worship continually connected with giving. All kinds of offerings are brought to the temple as acts of worship (grain, animals, drink, etc.). These were often done during special feast celebrations as reminders of God’s deliverance and goodness. We also see special offerings done in Scripture when a special Temple need arose. Offerings are beyond your tithe, it is something more your heart desires to give, the basis for such an occasion is Scriptural and fills a need for both the giver and receiver of the gift.
The practice of giving to missionaries, those in need to support Gods work at home or around the world is yet one more way we reflect the image of our God and the heart of the Savior. Again, this form of giving is done above and beyond tithes and offerings. It is also among the most fun – particularly for a missional community such as SICAG. Putting money on the table to meet spiritual and tangible needs of people God put in our path through missions giving is a great way to befriend them and display the love of the Gospel. Jesus’ interpretation of his own parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16:1-14) illustrates this point: money is to be used to befriend people & build lasting relationships.
All forms of giving help remind us that God is our provider and all of creation belongs to Him, not us (Ps. 24:1). Practicing generosity helps protect us from a love of money/possessions and roots us in faith and trust in God to provide. Giving helps us become generous, hospitable people. Without those character qualities, it’s hard for unbelievers to see a difference in the way we live & love others. Talk is cheap. Though Jesus was mind-blowingly generous, unbelievers today associate the church most with empty talk (hypocrisy) and greed (wanting their money). May it not be so, as it is not for us!