A thought about giving…
Posted on August 28, 2012
2 Corinthians 8:7 states, “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this GRACE of giving.” There’s some confusion about finances and the message of grace found in two prevailing thoughts. The first is that if we do not give a tithe we are going to be cursed financially by God. Let me be brief on this point, but honest. This is simply not true. Jesus didn’t die to break the curse so we would live under the old covenant way of being cursed if we do not give.
The other perspective is that because we are not under the law we don’t have to give any longer. The mindset states that because tithing was a part of the old covenant and Jesus fulfilled the old covenant that giving is no longer a part of new covenant Christianity. Let me be brief, but honest. This is stupid. As I have heard it said by others, God didn’t bring us from tithing under the inferior old covenant to absolute stinginess under the superior new covenant. Your new covenant heart is bent on being generous and a giver. The good news is we no longer have to strive and give out of fear of being cursed. Now, we GET TO give generously because the nature of Christ inside of us has ALREADY changed us. Now, we get to experience the full benefit of the blessing of giving.
Consider Ephesians 1:11 (ESV), “ In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will…” What if we just believed we already have our inheritance? What if we gave from that perspective? Not out of fear or pressure, but with so much joy that everyone around you began to catch it?! This is new covenant giving. I believe by God’s grace we are enabled to give far beyond the tithe AND enjoy the blessings of His provision for our families.
It’s possible to not experience abundance because we don’t yet believe our identity as a beloved child who is provided for and a giver who has become a resource for others. Rejoice and declare today that God has already made you a generous son or daughter. If this feels challenging, ask God to help you process and trust what He has to say. He will only speak life over you. God Bless You!