Giving to the Lord
The Christian finds pleasure in giving. His measure of gratitude to God is sometimes shown in his gifts to Him. And for that, he receives the approval of God (Matthew 25:34–40). Since God is the infinite Provider (Genesis 22:8–13; Psalms 23; John 3:16, 34), giving is a Godlike act.
The truths of the kingdom are able to steer the believer’s heart away from self and direct him upward toward God and outward toward his fellow men. The cheerful giving of tithes and offerings will be a protection against the temptations of selfishness and greed. God can entrust a Christian who is a faithful steward of His resources with still more of the riches of the world, for it will be wisely used for the advancing of His kingdom.
“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” (Malachi 3:10).
“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase” (Proverbs 3:9).
“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right,
but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself” (Proverbs 11:24, 25).
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
“What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” (Psalms 116:12).
“Make vows to the Lord your God, and pay them; let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared” (Psalms 76:11).
“If you are righteous, what do you give Him? or what does He receive from your hand?” (Job 35:7).
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:21).
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Luke 6:38).
“Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys” (Luke 12:33).
“Let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him” (1 Corinthians 16:2).
“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee” (Deuteronomy 16:17).
“O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own” (1 Chronicles 29:16).
“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given” (Proverbs 19:17).
“He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honor” (Psalm 112:9).
“And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42).
“A‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (Matthew 25:40).
In His service,