Christian's Giving Under Grace Principles
In the dispensation
of grace in which we live, one of the great privileges of
each believer is Christian giving. It is one of the spiritual
sacrifices we may offer up to God
(Hebrews 13:15,16; Romans 12:1,2). In the Old Testament,
some of the Jews' sacrifices were bloody while we, as New
Testament priests, offer non-bloody sacrifices to God
(1 Peter 2:5,9). The Jews, under the Mosaic Law,
were also required to tithe 23% (Numbers
18:20-32; Deuteronomy 14:23-29) and pay taxes too.
"Tithing under the [Mosaic] law was
mandatory, giving under grace is voluntary." Dr. M.R.
It is to be exercised in a spiritual manner, preceded by
the giving of self (Romans 12:1,2),
as exemplified by (a) the Macedonian believers, who "
gave of themselves to the Lord
see that you abound
in this grace also
Corinthians 8:5,7), (b) the Lord Himself
(2 Corinthians 8:9), and (c) God the Father
(2 Corinthians 9:15).
2. It is
to be done voluntarily and cheerfully. "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).
3. It is
to be performed with regularity. "On the first day
of the week let each of you lay something aside
4. It is
to involve every person. "
let each one of you
(1 Corinthians 16:2).
5. It is
to be rendered on a proportionate basis. "
he may prosper
(1 Corinthians 16:2).
God has promised to reward those whose
lives are marked by sacrificial devotion to Him and His
He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly
and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
(2 Corinthians 9:6).
Someone has said, "Under grace, God
doesn't look at the amount on the face of the check, but
on the balance left on the tab." The man who makes
$50,000 and gives 50% to the Lord still has far more left
than the widow who gives 10% out of her meager allowance
of $300 a month." Grace teaches us that our giving
is not a legal obligation, but is a blessed privilege and
becomes a measure of our love for God.
our giving does:
1. It brings
honor to God Who blessed us with all physical and spiritual
2. It expresses
our gratitude to Him.
3. It brings
4. It helps
meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of people
5. It will
demonstrate our faith in God's ability to provide for us
in the future.
Only when one gives
with a proper motive is it pleasing to God. The primary
motive for giving should be the glory of God (2 Corinthians
8:19; 1 Corinthians 10:31). The second motive is for the
welfare of others, especially believers (Galatians 6:6-10).
Our giving should be made with (1) forethought
(2 Corinthians 9:7), (2) regularity (1 Corinthians 16:2),
(3) priority to the local church where one is fed spiritually
(Galatians 6:6-10; 1 Timothy 5:17,18), and (4) the Holy
Spirit's leading (Romans 8:14).
Divine compensation for faithful stewardship
doesn't guarantee financial prosperity or robust health.
But one can have true joy, peace, satisfaction, and hope
which money can't buy. God's compensation plan is "out
of this world." (See Romans 8:18)
For more information consult "As
The Ushers Come Forward" by Herbert VanderLugt and
"The Grace Of Giving" by Richard DeHaan. (Some
of the information in this article was adapted from these
by Kelsey Pietsch with W.B.H.M.