5 Benefits of Giving
Have you ever noticed how big a $100 bill looks when you bring it to church and how small it looks when you bring it to the mall? The sermon at my church this morning was about giving. I thought the message was important and interesting so I decided to share it with you. According to my pastor, Jesus talked more about money and possessions that he did about heaven and hell combined. What we do with our money shows our true colors. Look at 2 Corinthians 9:6-8:
6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
We hear verse 6 and 7 a lot, but verse 8 is key. The Lord says He will give us everything we need as long as we put Him first. Here are five benefits of giving.
1. Giving loosens the grip of materialism. What the world is constantly telling us is that true life comes from “things.” The Lord has warned us sternly about hoarding. When we hoard things, we say ‘thanks, God. I’ll be in touch when I need you.’ But He wants us to rely on Him daily. The antidote for materialism is giving.
2. Giving keeps my heart focused on God. God doesn’t need your money. So why does he ask me to give? God knows he doesn’t have you if he doesn’t have your treasure. Take a look at Matthew 6:21- For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
3. Giving strengthens my faith. Our natural trend is to put our faith in money because money is tangible. We can hold it and we can count it. God asks for us to test Him. We say, ‘God, if you give me more I promise to give you more.’ God says, ‘you first.’ You have to be faithful where you are. God will provide for you.
4. Giving blesses me in return. God does say He will bless us if we trust Him with our finances. His blessings can come in a thousand ways. In Acts 20:35 Paul says, ‘In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ The more we walk with Christ the more we understand the sacrifice that was made.
5. Giving is an investment for eternity. As good as investing in Microsoft was 20 years ago, it’s an investment that will only last for this lifetime. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we need to remember the even the best investment we can make in this lifetime will end. The only investment we make that will last an eternity are investments in the Kingdom of God. And remember, it’s not about the amount of the gift. It’s about the amount of the sacrifice.