The matter of your giving is between you and God, and He always takes into account our circumstances. Giving should always be done with a joyful faith and hope! He knows when things are beyond our power to direct and control so God doesn’t expect you to give what you don’t have. The important thing is that we see giving as a privilege and not a burden. It should not be out of a sense of duty, but rather out of love for the Lord and a desire to see His kingdom advanced.
When we come to an understanding that everything we think we own is not ours and that we are stewards of God’s blessing, then it isn’t hard to give. Everyone has something to give and giving is good for you. The gift is also in the giving and as we practice the tithe it builds in us the values of generosity.
Generosity inspires generosity. Giving rarely stops with the recipient. It’s a chance to be a part of something bigger. Together we can do more when we give. Give joyfully, generously, in a timely manner. Give expectantly and cheerfully.
Helpful Scripture on Giving
‘“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 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. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.’
“On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.”
1 Corinthians 16:2
“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to saints.”
2 Corinthians 8:2-4
‘Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.’
“…The one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
2 Corintians 9:6-7