Why is giving an act of worship? First, it is stated in the Scriptures that the early church practiced generous giving—giving with a cheerful heart (Acts 4:32-37; 2 Cor. 9:7).
Second, in giving, we are recognizing God as the ultimate giver of life, providence, redemption, and forgiveness (James 1:17). Also, we are conforming to Christ’s sacrificial self-giving.
Third, we are becoming the channels of God’s blessings to other people especially the church when we give. So when we stop giving, we are somehow hindering the flow of God’s purpose of using us as instruments of blessing the whole world.
These are just some of the biblical thoughts that giving is an act of worship. In giving, we glorify God because we are obeying His commands and conforming to His likeness.
It is true that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When we give we submit to His Lordship; we entrust and give our whole dependence on His sovereignty. He is the God who provides. Furthermore, giving is more than just a good deed; it is an attitude of our hearts. We give out of our love for God and others. We give because we—first and foremost—had received blessings from the ultimate Giver—God (John 3:16).
Seven (7) more principles about biblical giving:
- God’s ownership
- In biblical logic, God is the creator of all things. To that, God is the owner of all things including our wealth, life, and all our possessions. (Haggai 2:8)
- Even our ability to produce wealth is God’s gift to us. (Deut. 8:17-19)
- God is the Ultimate Giver (John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-9)
- Beyond Tithing
- I am not saying that tithing is already insignificant, but rather tithing is a starting yardstick for Christian giving. Meaning that Christians are encouraged to give more than 10 percent. Tithing is part of the OT practice, since we are living in the New Covenant time, we ought to go beyond the former practice.
- Purposeful and Freely Giving (2 Corinthians 9: 7-8)
- Now that we are under the grace of God, Dr. Thomas Schreiner said, “Since God is to be our treasure, believers are to give generously and freely.”
- Cheerful or Generous Giving (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- Sowing and Reaping Principle (2 Corinthians 9:6)
- Kingdom-centered Giving
- Remember in Matthew 6:33, “seek first the kingdom of God” and the rest will follow. This is similar to 2 Cor. 9:8; God is able to give us abundant and flourishing life.
The act of giving is more than just an outward act. It is an attitude of our hearts. It is an inside-out act. We are giving out of our grateful hearts to revere and worship God. Giving is a transformational experience for Christian spirituality.
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