March 24, 2021
Biblical giving means to dedicate or to offer something of ourselves to others or to God. The generosity and love that God showed us in giving his only Son to die for his people leads to an obligation on our part to love God and others in return. The importance of giving is stressed in both the Old and New Testaments.
Giving of ourselves
To submit ourselves to the will of God, in thanksgiving and service.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1).
Giving of our possessions
Recognizing that all gifts come from God, we make our possessions available for God’s service in the way in which he directs.
He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses (Proverbs 28:27).
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Luke 12:34).
Giving of our talents
All human abilities and skills derive from God and are to be dedicated to his glory and to the good of others. Talents differ and we are to offer the ones we have.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us (Romans 12:6).
So we teach, encourage, give generously, lead diligently and give mercy cheerfully.
Giving of our time
We are stewards of the time given to us by God, and will be held responsible for how we use it. We must set priorities: considering worship, work, rest, family and friends.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41–42).
We will be held accountable as to how much we give of ourselves, our possessions, our talents and our time.