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Why Give?


As I posted yesterday, God has no needs. He is totally self existent and self sufficient. So why bother with giving? What’s the purpose? Psalm 50:14-15 gives three compelling reasons why we should give; each beneficial to us and our development as disciples of Jesus Christ. The first reason is that giving is an expression of thankfulness. “Sacrifice a thank offering to God” (Psalm 50:14). The God who owns everything is to receive the credit for every blessing in life. One of the first Bible verses I memorized was James 1:17, which says, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights with whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning.” When we give we acknowledge the gifts and blessings of God with gratitude.

The second reason we give is to cultivate obedience. Psalm 50:14 continues, “And pay your vows to the Most High.” When we give we are being obedient. With deep humility we acknowledge that the owner of the universe has the right to make claims over the gifts he has entrusted to us, and one of the claims he makes is for us to share our blessings. Why does God command giving? In some ways that seems contrary to the motive of simple gratitude. I believe the command of God for us to give is not unlike a parent teaching his or her child to share. Small children can be selfish, hoarding their toys and candy for themselves. Even though the child didn’t buy the toys or candy, they make clear lines of ownership, punctuated with the pronoun, “MINE!” Children don’t share naturally. They have to be taught to share with others. The same thing is true in the spiritual realm. We don’t share our blessings naturally. We cling to our blessings and hoard our gifts. Like children, we have to be taught to share. That is why God commands us to give.

The text concludes with the final reason we are to give: to expess trust in God. Check out verse 15, “Call on Me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor Me” (Psalm 50:15). Every problem in life, financial or otherwise is an invitation to pray. Every problem in life, financial or otherwise, is an invitation to trust. The exciting element of faith is knowing that God will come through as promised even though you don’t know how. But He does. And when He does, we honor Him.

Categories : Psalms, Stewardship

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