The Bible teaches us God is our creator and therefore has given us and entrusted us with everything we have. In response, we are called to be good stewards and lead lives of generosity; giving sacrificially, joyfully, and graciously.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Why do we give?
God’s generosity is the model for our generosity (1 Tim 6:17-18). Through the gospel we see that giving is not loss, but gain (Acts 20:35), and we give freely and compassionately (2 Corinthians 9:7) as our thankful reflection of God’s own abundant provision over us (2 Peter 1:3).
We’re not owners of our time, talents, and resources, but stewards of them (Romans 11:36). Our giving reflects our priorities and commitments (Matthew 6:21), and we seek to use our money and possessions with wisdom and responsibility (Proverbs 16:16).
We give as a way of worshipping God together (Hebrews 13:16). We celebrate corporately that God’s gifts are not separate from who he is, and we give cheerfully as a natural response to God’s character as Giver and Provider (James 1:17).