4 Ways to Have a Giving Attitude
Yesterday we began looking at the importance of giving. However, just as important as giving is the attitude with which we give. So, let’s examine what it means to give with the right attitude.
- GIVE WILLINGLY.
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.” II Corinthians 9:7 (NLT)
Your giving is a reflection of your heart. When you make the decision to tithe, do so with a willing heart because you want to honor God with your finances.
- NEVER GIVE UNDER PRESSURE
At GNG, we have always tried very hard not to create pressure when it comes to giving. We took such a low-key approach to raising money for the construction of our Ministry Center that some believed we could not raise the funds to build. And yet God, through His people, has blessed us with the money to build.
So, if at any time you feel pressured to give at GNG, please do two things:
- Don’t give.
- Contact me immediately because it is never our intent to pressure people to give.
- GIVE CHEERFULLY.
“…God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
God wants us to give back to Him cheerfully from what He has given us. Not because we are required to, but because we want to. Giving back is an act of love produced by a grateful heart. If your attitude is, “I HAVE TO do this,” let me give you some advice … keep it.
First, get your heart right. Then give.
- GIVE SACRIFICALLY.
Take a moment and read the story of the poor widow’s offering found in Mark 12:41-44. This is a fascinating story on a number of levels. First, Jesus clearly cares about our giving. Notice that He deliberately watched people as they gave their offerings at the Temple. He not only watched them give, but He used this as an opportunity to make a point about giving to His disciples.
The rich people gave large amounts. But this was excess giving. They gave out of their excess wealth. Though it was a large amount, they would never miss it. Their giving would not affect their lifestyle in the slightest degree. In other words, they could give without having to sacrifice. And therefore, their giving did not require them to trust God.
The poor widow was a different story. Jesus honored her for giving sacrificially. Notice:
- She was poor.
- She gave “all she had to live on.” This is a whole lot more than 10%. She gave it all.
- Her gift was a tremendous sacrifice.
- Her giving required her to step out in faith and trust God to provide for her needs. Most Christians today would consider her crazy.
- Jesus made no attempt to stop her nor did He refund her money.
Why? Perhaps He was more concerned about her spiritual health than her wealth. Perhaps He knew that she was storing-up treasures in heaven rather than hoarding the precious little she had here on earth.
So, have you ever given to God sacrificially? Have you ever given beyond your excess? Have you ever had to do without something or delay getting something you want because you were giving sacrificially? Have you ever given above and beyond the tithe?
- GIVE EXPECTANTLY.
“… if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.” Matthew 7:11 (NLT)
The great truth about giving back to God is that we are giving back to someone far greater than ourselves. There’s an old saying – “You can’t out-give God.” I believe this is true though some have misinterpreted this as a divinely guaranteed investment scheme. What I mean is this: when we trust God and give He blesses us far beyond anything we could imagine. Quite often His blessings are not monetary in nature. Sometimes He blesses us with:
- A greater understanding of the difference between wants and needs.
- A deeper trust in Him because we stepped-out in faith in the area of giving.
- A sense of peace because we have learned that less is more.
- A feeling of satisfaction because our giving has helped our Church Family and people in need.
- Less debt (and the pressure that comes with it) because we have become wiser about how we spend His money.
Let’s close with a prayer of commitment:
“Father, I know You love me and want what’s best for me. I recognize that all I have, or ever will have, comes from You. I would rather honor You than have more stuff. I want You to have first place in my life and I am willing to begin tithing as You have directed. Out of gratitude for what You have done for me, and trusting that You will provide for me, I commit to returning at least the first 10% of all I earn back to You. I want to begin storing up treasure in heaven. Help me to be faithful to this commitment. In Jesus’ name …. Amen.