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Why Should I Give?


Key Scripture Matthew 6:1-4.

Taking credit for something.

  • Have you ever done something good, but you wanted credit for it?
  • Conspicuous generosity.
  • Note: The following quote was taken from an article about selfish giving. Here is the link to the article.
  • Source: Tovia Smith, “‘Selfish’ Giving: Does It Count If You Get in Return?,” NPR News, December 22, 2009, https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121718372).
  • Quote: “You should just be generous to be generous. You should do what’s right because it’s right, not because of what you get back.” Richard Weissbourd.


What's your motive?

  • In Matthew 6:2, Jesus told the disciples about how they should give.
  • Believers are not to parade their religion around.
  • The goal of giving should not be so that others can see it.
  • Giving pleases God.
  • God is pleased when you give for the right reasons.
  • God has been incredibly generous to you (to all of us for that matter).
  • Giving should be done with the goal of pleasing God.


God is a generous giver.

  • Throughout the Bible, we see that God gives generously.
  • His greatest gift of generosity was Jesus dying on the cross in order to provide eternal life for anyone who believes in Him.
  • We can learn from Jesus' example.
  • The Apostle Paul talked about Jesus' example in Philippians 2.
  • Jesus had a heart for others.
  • He was very generous during His earthly ministry.


Ways that you can give.

  • Note: These are just a few suggested ways that you can give. Always follow God's leading when it comes to generosity and giving.
  • Time.
  • Everyone in the world has the same amount of time.
  • Giving takes time.
  • If you are going to give, it is going to take some of your time.
  • Spend time praying for others.
  • Prayer takes time.
  • Time spent with God in prayer is never wasted time.
  • Encouragement.
  • Note: There are different ways to encourage people. Below you will find a few.
  • Positive greeting or conversations with people.
  • Send someone a note of encouragement.
  • Note: There are many ways to do this.
  • Text message.
  • Email.
  • DM on social media.
  • Physical card, letter or postcard.
  • Financially.
  • Note: In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus is specifically talking about financial giving.
  • Tithe--it's the 10% that belongs to God.
  • Missions--this is separate from the tithe.
  • Give to others financially however and whenever God guides you.

Conclusion:

  • God is a giving Father who teaches us not to be self-centered in our giving.
  • Determine to give to others for their sake and because we love God, not for what we can get out of it.