Giving in Scripture

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The practice of giving is mentioned throughout Scripture.  As we dig into those passages, we discover that giving is not just an external act that is done as an obligation.

Instead, we discover that giving is rooted in two important truths:  that God Himself is a giver, and that God owns everything – so we are His stewards.

We also discover in Scripture that the process of giving does something to the giver.  Among other things, giving protects us from materialism and greed.  Bottom line, giving helps cultivate a generous spirit in the giver.  So as you can see, giving can be a spiritual discipline that helps us become more like Christ. 

Below we’ve included a small sampling of Scriptures that speak to this issue of giving; as you read through these verses, consider how they reinforce and draw out what we discovered about giving above.

  • Deuteronomy 8:17-18: “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’  But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…”

  • 1 Chronicles 29:14: “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?  Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”

  • Proverbs 30:8-9: “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’  Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”

  • Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

  • 2 Corinthians 8:9: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

  • Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

  • See also: Matthew 6:19-34; Luke 16:10-15; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15; Philippians 4:10-20; 1 Timothy 6:6-19