The Gift of Giving
As two men on a hike were approaching a steep grade, one of them complained that it was too high for him to climb. His companion quickly snatched the wallet from the complainers pocket and tossed it some distance towards the top of the grade. Without hesitation the complainer scrambled up the incline to retrieve his wallet. The difference between having to climb and wanting to climb was motivation. Those with the gift of giving are motivated when they see a need that the Lord has enabled them to provide.
I. Everybody Is To Give
A. Absence of a gift doesn't excuse failure
to obey in the area of giving. Luke 6:38
B. The minimal amount each believer should
give is taught in the bible.
1. the tithe is a beginning point for giving.
2. Abraham and Jacob spoke of the tithe centuries before Moses' law was given. Genesis 14:20; 28:22
3. Because the tithe is mentioned from Genesis to Malachi, Bible readers should have a good idea of what Paul meant in I Corinthians 16:2 "Upon the first day..."
4. No one can exercise the gift of giving without first tithing, in fact, he is in reality robbing God if he doesn't tithe. (Malachi 3:8-10)
C. Some object to tithing.
II. What is the Gift of Giving?
A. The God-given ability perhaps to earn,
and to give money for the progress of God's work.
2. Involves giving with no ulterior motive to ruffle or fold the cloth of his mind.
Note: Everything in his giving is plain and open. He doesn't give to salve his conscience, or to gain something in return, nor for public show as the Pharisees who blew Trumpets to attract attention.
3. As Christ's command, involves the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. (Matthew 6:3)
4. The gift of giving is not limited to certain seasons of the year, such as Christmas, bonus time, tax write-off time, etc.
5. Gift of giving reaches from a cheerful
heart. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
6. Results in liberality instead of giving God a "tip". (2 Corinthians 8:2)
III. Characteristics of the Gift of Giving
A. Able to see resources
B. He invests himself with the gift 2 Corinthians 8:5, "they first gave their own selves..."
C. He desires to give high quality
D. The giver hopes his gift is an answer
E. He desires to give secretly
F. He is concerned that giving (money)
G. He exercises personal thriftiness
H. He uses his gift to multiply his giving
I. He reacts to pressure appeals choosing
to look for financial needs which others tend to overlook.
IV. God Will Invest His Gift in Those Who Will Invest it in His Work.
A. They receive genuine joy from seeing
God's work through their gifts.
Matthew 10:8 "Freely ye have received, freely give."
Romans 12:13 "Distributing to the necessity of saints..."
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