Why Give?

In reaction to God's grace

God has shown His great love for sinful and unworthy people like us in the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Having received such undeserved generosity we should be motivated to give generously in response. We are to be like God - ready, not reluctant givers, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

In recognition of God's gifts

Giving is not limited to financial giving. God has given us all we need to give generously but not all of us can give financially. God wants us to be generous not just with our money but with our time, energy, skills, property and homes. If we have received God's abundant grace then we all have something to give (Romans 12:6-8).

In response to needs and priorities

Paul encouraged the Galatian Christians to ‘do good to all people but especially to fellow Christians’ (Galatians 6:10). Hence, while we should consider giving to needs outside the church, we should be especially mindful of the ministry of the church. Similarly, Paul encouraged the Corinthian Christians to give generously to a collection for other Christians in great poverty back in Jerusalem. Hence, God's priorities for our giving are:

  1. The ministry of our local church, including funding those who teach the word of God (1 Timothy 5:17) and those in need within our church family (James 1:27, 1 Timothy 5:8ff).
  2. The mission and social needs of other Christians locally, nationally or internationally (2 Corinthians 8-9).
  3. The social and/ or other needs of those outside the church.