Grace-based Giving—Twelve Things Paul Said About Giving

Feb. 1, 2017 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

It is vital that we properly manage the financial resources with which we have been blessed, and not allow the act of giving to be an issue at all. The apostle Paul had plenty to say about grace-based giving, and what he preached is unlike the advice given by any of the world’s leading financial experts. Giving should be a reflex action for believers, because we want to—not because we feel compelled to. For grace-based giving to work in our lives, we must avoid the trap of giving too little and expecting too much. The issue here is actually not about money at all, but about how much we love and trust God. Some people are afraid to part with their money; but when we think about what Jesus has done in our lives and how he has delivered us from bad situations, giving becomes an automatic response. Opening our hands and letting the money flow freely will result in blessings for everyone involved.

A. We are encouraged to give joyfully and abundantly. Giving shows our trust in God.
  1. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so I say now again, if anyone preach any other gospel to you than that which you have received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:8, 9).
    1. When Paul explained that the gospel is the good news of the grace of Christ, he repeated himself on this point for clarity and emphasis.
    2. If Paul is the standard by which the preaching of grace is to be measured and judged, then we must examine what he taught on finances, prosperity, and giving.
  2. He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6).
    1. The Greek translation of “sparingly” is “stingy.”
    2. Paul taught proportional giving. What we give should be in proportion to what God gave us.
    3. No matter what season we are in financially we are all able to give generouslye is no behind these.
    4. God will never ask us to give more than what he has blessed us to give. We only need to give according to the grace that is on our lives.
    5. This is based on an unchangeable law of God, which says that we reap in proportion to what we sow.
    6. God does not measure our gift in monetary amounts but in percentage and in our attitude toward giving.
  3. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7).
    1. Whatever goes out of our hands determines what comes back to us.
    2. Many people struggle with this concept, but our giving is an example of our trust in God.
  4. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall men give to you. For with the same measure that you mete, it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38).
    1. Giving keeps us out of self-centeredness. This is a powerful concept for Christians because it is part of the character of a believer.
    2. We cannot simply dismiss the truth of these Scriptures. As Christians, it is a mistake to under-invest and over-expect in the area of our giving.
B. Giving results in blessings not just for the receiver but also for the giver.
  1. Jesus sat over against the treasury and watched how people cast money into it, and many who were rich cast in much. And a poor widow came, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. He called his disciples and said to them, this poor widow has cast in more than all who have cast into the treasury. They all cast in of their abundance, but she of her want cast in all she had, even all her living (Mark 12:41-44).
    1. God cares very deeply about people’s giving because that indicates their level of trust.
  2. Four things will happen as a result of our decision to be a giver.
    1. We demonstrate the sincerity and proof of our love. Giving is a love-action (John 3:16). In every relationship, including our relationship with God, it is a reflex of love (2 Corinthians 8:8, 24).
    2. When we give we receive a blessing. This blessing is not any physical object but an empowerment allowing us to perform above our natural abilities (Acts 20:35).
    3. Others’ needs are met, and we can be a blessing to someone else (2 Corinthians 8:14; 2 Corinthians 9:2).
    4. It results in thanksgiving and praise unto God. Our giving can prevent misfortune in someone else’s life (2 Corinthians 9:12).
  3. On the first day of the week let everyone lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come (1 Corinthians 16:2).
    1. This is similar to a farmer setting aside some of his seed to sow for the future.
    2. Paul wrote this because he was putting the church first, and he did not want to have to take up an offering when he arrived.
  4. We must not lose our joy, even in the face of adversity. Joy is a choice we make regardless of our financial situation.
    1. How that in a great trial of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality (2 Corinthians 8:2).
    2. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).
  5. Now he that ministers seed to the sower both ministers bread for your food, and multiplies your seed sown, and increases the fruits of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10).
    1. God gives seed to the sower. If we have no seed it may be because he does not see us as sowers.

Scripture References

 

Galatians 1:8, 9

2 Corinthians 9:2, 6,10, 12

1 Corinthians 16:2

Galatians 6:7

Luke 6:38

Mark 12:41-44

 

 

John 3:16

2 Corinthians 8:2, 8, 14, 24

Acts 20:35

2 Corinthians 16:2

2 Corinthians 4:17

   

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