Why We Do and Don’t Give of Our Money

Below are 15 reasons why we (Heather and I) give of our money first and foremost to the Lord’s work in and through Crosspoint, and one reason why we don’t give.

I share these with you to give you a window into our motivations, and to encourage you in your own growth in giving.  2 Corinthians 8:7, Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 

This is not an exhaustive list, nor a list that is in a particular order.

15 Reasons Why We Give:

When we give, it consistently digs up the lurking root of the love of money in our hearts.

1 Timothy 6:10, For the love of money is a rootof all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

When we give, it grows our heart in contentment, no matter the season we are in, whether in abundance or in need.

Philippians 4:11-13, 11 I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. 12 I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. 13 I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me. 

When we give, it reminds us of God’s faithfulness in our lives, that He will never forsake, and that He is eternally trustworthy.

Hebrews 13:5, Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

When we give, we store of treasure in heaven, which has everlasting value and refocuses our hearts as citizens of Heaven.

Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

When we give, it is an active step in seeking first the kingdom of God and, as a result, an active step in not letting worry rule our hearts. 

Matthew 6:31-34, 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

When we give, it reminds us that our ultimate satisfaction is in the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 5:10, The one who loves silver is never satisfied with silver, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile.

When we give, it reiterates to us that the goal of our lives is to grow to be like the Lord, who is the epitome of generosity.

John 3:16, For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 

When we give, we do so because we deeply believe in the worldwide mission of the local church.

Matthew 28:18-20, 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

When we give, it repeats to our hearts, the Lord owns everything, and He’s called us to be managers.  It truly isn’t ‘our’ money.

Psalm 24:1-2, The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord; for he laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers.

When we give, it directs our hearts toward the Lord’s glory and name, and away from our glory and name.

Psalm 115:1, Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your faithful love, because of your truth.

When we give, it points our hearts toward the Lord’s utter faithfulness and goodness.

Proverbs 3:9-10, Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

When we give, it stirs up joy in us.

2 Corinthians 9:7, Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver. 

When we give, it grows our devotion to the Lord and slays the small-g god of money.

Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

When we give, it resets our hope to be in the Lord who has prepared good works in advance for us to do, including that of giving.

1 Timothy 6:17-19, 17 Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God,who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share, 19 storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of what is truly life.

When we give, it is a tangible way that we can love our fellow brothers and sisters in our church.

1 John 3:16-18, 16 This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him—how does God’s love reside in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth.

One Reason Why We Don’t Give:

Because we feel guilty or reluctant. 

2 Corinthians 9:7, Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver. 

I pray the living and active Word stirs up our hearts toward a growing generosity toward the Lord and His Kingdom work in the lives of people, including our own.  Join us, as we worship the Lord wholeheartedly, including through our giving.