Ways to Give
10 Ways to Receive Blessings Above & Beyond
“Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams,” Malachi 3:10, MSG.
Top 10 Ways to Receive Blessings Above and Beyond
10. Give to your Local Church
Your church and its members are the salt and light in your community. Local church funds pay for your building and its needs, your local school and its needs, and all of your local ministries such as children’s ministries, outreach programs, etc. Every church has expenses — giving to the Local Church Budget is not just about paying bills. It’s not really about what we give as much as it is about to whom we give — our God who has already given us everything.
9. Give Out of Appreciation, Not Obligation
The Bible says that when we give from the heart it produces joy within us. “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver,” (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV). Don’t give until it hurts; instead, give until it feels good. Give an amount that produces joy within you, an amount that truly glorifies God.
8. Give to Make a Difference
We want our lives to matter, to make a difference in the lives of others. When we give to the church we’re giving to something greater than ourselves, something that has lasting and eternal significance. Your tithes and offerings go on to support the larger church and its ministries and missions that are literally saving lives and preparing people around the world for eternity.
7. Give to Show Thankfulness
Thanksgiving is a basic part of true worship. We are especially mindful of the many ways God has blessed our lives and so we offer to God our thanks and praise. But words can be empty if we do not also give thanks through our offerings. In every recorded Bible incidence of worship, there was an accompanying offering given.
6. Give Because God has Asked You To
“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord,” (Leviticus 27:30, NIV). God gives us everything and asks that we return 10 percent. That is His condition if we are to receive God’s blessings above and beyond. He is looking for selflessness in His people.
5. Give to Grow as a Disciple of Jesus
Growing spiritually mature and Christ-like means that we spend time in prayer, in the scriptures, in witness and it means that we give regularly and sacrificially. If we do all those other things and do not give, we are missing out on one of the most vitally important parts of our spiritual life. Jesus said, “You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things,” (Matthew 23:23, NLT).
4. Give Generously as an Investment
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God,” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11, NIV). When we give much, we receive an even greater amount — we call this Blessings Above and Beyond.
3. Give to Grow Your Church
When the church grows, God’s kingdom grows. Our task is to make disciples for Jesus Christ and build the kingdom of God. Our tithes and offerings help make our local and worldwide church strong and effective in its mission. Giving is a vital part of fulfilling the Gospel Commission.
2. Give to Grow Your Faith
Faith is all about learning to trust God. That means letting go of our little financial security blanket. On your coins and bills you’ll find the words: “In God We Trust.” Jesus tells us: don’t put your faith and trust in money. It will not save you. Put your trust in God, for God will provide.
1. Give to Make God Your First Priority
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” (Matthew 6:33, NIV). God needs to be first in our lives if we are to be truly His. “No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money,” (Matthew 6:24, NIV). How we spend our money speaks volumes about who we truly worship. If God is number one in our life, then everything we have belongs to Him and we have no trouble giving to God and the work of His church.