Why give? It's a simple and commonly asked question. As a group of people who are "following Jesus together" (that's our motto at FLEFC), we seek to become more like Christ as we journey through life together. When it comes to giving, there are a few simple things we should remember.
God is a giving God. We see this most powerfully when God gave His Son for us. Everything good we have is from God and God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. Although God doesn't need our money, He certainly wants our hearts to be soft towards Him and towards those in need. In the same way that Jesus was once rich and gave it up for our sakes, we are also called to be generous with our riches. While the Old Testament says that 10% is how much we should give, the New Testament goes beyond this and calls followers of Jesus to be “generous,” which is of course different for each person. Whatever the amount, we are called to give cheerfully, faithfully, and thankfully in response to God for all His blessings!
If you’d like to read about where these themes show up in Scripture, take a look in the following places:
John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 16, 2 Corinthians 8 & 9, 2 Peter 1:3, Psalm 50:9-15, James 1:17, Acts 20:35, Malachi 3:10