This past week we talked about the practical and spiritual benefits of giving. I taught that giving is not just about giving, it's about receiving as well. Here is what I gleaned from Scripture:
1. Giving is in antidote for fear - when we trust God through giving to the church we defeat the fear that we have as we misplace our trust in our bank account. Our bank account may go up and down, but God's love for us remains constant (1 Timothy 6:17).
2. Giving strengthens our faith - When we give and trust that we will have enough our faith is strengthened. When God is faithful one time, we can trust that He will be faithful again (Malachi 3:10).
3. Giving is an investment - when we invest in the church we invest in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is expanding with the work of the Holy Spirit and our investment allows us to partner with the Spirit and be a part of the Kingdom; it is an investment with great returns. We are commanded to invest in the Kingdom of God (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
4. Giving draws me closer to God - When we give we are exercising a communicable attribute of God - generosity. We are more like God when we act like God; when we allow the fruits of the Spirit to act in our lives (Matthew 19:24-27).
So as we give to God through the church we receive these things along the way!