Spend, Save, Give pt 3

Ok, I will finish up this finance series with giving…… Giving did not come easy for my husband and me. It was hard for us to part with hard-earned-money. Yeah, we would give a little here and a little there. It was nothing consistent just enough to make us feel like we did our part. That is where our thinking was all wrong. It was not our money, but we were entrusted by God to be good stewards of the resources He had given us. Here are a few points we learned along the way:
It was all about our motive and purpose for giving. We had a heart issue. God did not need our money (It’s the God of the universe we are talking about!) He wasn’t prying our hands open. Infact, in 2 Cor. 9:7 it says, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” And before that it says, “You reap what you sow.”
We began to see giving as an act of service. The fruit and blessings we began to see in our lives became unparallel to what we were seeing before we freely starting giving. As we grew, the clenched hands we were holding on with so tightly began to loosen. There was a sense of freedom.
I don’t know where I heard this statement, but I love it! ….We as Christians can get spiritually constipated. All is going in but nothing is coming out. When someone is constipated they are uncomfortable and bound up, and I believe they are not free to live up to the full potential God has for them.
Giving(Tithing) can also very easily turn into a legalistic thing. “Any legitimate practice can be done with a legalistic attitude. In such case, the fault lies with the attitude of our heart, not with the practice itself. If anything hits close to home or starts meddling in our life, we can dismiss it simply by calling it “legalistic” Legalism can be a convenient label to cover our unwillingness to obey God.” Randy Alcorn
~For us tithing was a good starting point, it opened up the way for us to get into the discipline of giving, which later led to more giving.~
 We are called to support our local church. 1Cor. 16:2 tells us that the early church sold their houses and land, and they brought the money and laid it at the Apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as needed. And, 1Cor. 9 tells us that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
Giving comes in many different forms. There is the giving of our time, possessions, and talents.  And….Guess what? We can’t out give God! No matter what it is!
We are called to support our local church. 1Cor. 16:2 tells us that the early church sold their houses and land, and they brought the money and laid it at the Apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as needed. And, 1Cor. 9 tells us that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
We are the solution to a world in need. May we let the love of Christ freely flow through us. We can freely give as we have freely received. And by the way, teaching our children to give of themselves and money is the best gift we can give them.
God loves a cheerful giver.
Then He will answer them, saying, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did for Me. Matt. 25:40
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this, Says the LORD of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
Mal. 3:10
* In closing, when I starting writing Spend, Save, and Give I didn’t write it in chronological order. In our home giving comes off the top.
      

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