Why Give?

  1. Jesus reminds us that our giving is ultimately to the all-seeing heavenly Father. Jesus said “When you give . . . ; your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:3-4). When we give, we are not simply adding to the Church budget, we are giving up a thank offering to the Father Himself. Thus, we must all give “as unto the Lord.” Our ultimate goal in giving is to please Him.
  2. Christian giving is our response to what Jesus has given us. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you, through His poverty, might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Christ’s self-giving is now the standard for our giving! Our giving is to be inspired and instructed by Christ’s inexpressible gift. Do not try to get by with giving as little as possible to the Lord, rather, give in view of the Lord’s costly sacrifice.
  3. The Bible teaches that Christian giving should be done in accordance with our means. Paul is quite clear on this: “For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have” (2 Corinthians 8:12). This means at least two things: (1) since we are all supposed to give proportionately, those who have more money are expected to give more [we who are particularly blessed materially must remember this], and (2) the Lord never asks us to give what we do not have, or contribute beyond our means. Are you giving in proportion to the material blessings that the Lord has given you?

-Ligon Duncan