Paul in his 2nd letter to the Corinthian Church says, "But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving."
(2 Corinthians 8:7)
As followers of Christ we can give generously for different reasons.
• In response to receiving the gift of salvation from the greatest Giver. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
• Giving is the extension of our worship of and thanksgiving to our Lord, Jesus Christ. "This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God." (2 Corinthians 9:12)
• Giving is an act of sowing into the Kingdom of God. "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. (2 Corinthians 9:10)
We must not confuse the gift of giving with bringing our tithes to the Lord. When we give, we do so over and above the tithe. "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." (Malachi 3:10)
When we tithe, we bring what belongs to God. He promises to bless us when we do. This is amazing.
Let's continue to give in response to God's goodness and provision
Mike and Daphne