GRATEFUL GIVING Bob Hentrich November 10, 2019
Acts 17:24-25 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.
10 For all the animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine.
We give to meet the NEEDS of God’s kingdom workers
Numbers 18:21 As for the tribe of Levi, your relatives, I will compensate them for their service in the Tabernacle. Instead of an allotment of land, I will give them the tithes from the entire land of Israel…..The Levites will receive no allotment of land among the Israelites, 24 because I have given them the Israelites’ tithes, which have been presented as sacred offerings to the Lord. This will be the Levites’ share.
1 Corinthians 9:14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.
Galatians 6:6 Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.
1 Timothy 5:17-18 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[a] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”
We give to meet the NEEDS of our own hearts
- We need to worship God…and one way we do that is by giving Him gifts.
Psalm 96:8 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts.
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
- We need to give in order to show God that our love is genuine
2 Corinthians 8:7-8 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
- We need to give to guard again greed
Matthew 6:19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
We give to meet the NEEDS of the hour
1 Chronicles 29:2 Using every resource at my command, I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble. 3 “And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple. 4 I am donating more than 112 tons of gold from Ophir and 262 tons of refined silver to be used for overlaying the walls of the buildings 5 and for the other gold and silver work to be done by the craftsmen.
29:5b Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the Lord today?”
6 Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of the army, and the king’s administrative officers all gave willingly. 7 For the construction of the Temple of God, they gave about 188 tons of gold, 10,000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron. 8 They also contributed numerous precious stones, which were deposited in the treasury of the house of the Lord under the care of Jehiel, a descendant of Gershon. 9 The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King David was filled with joy.
Acts 2:45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.
Acts 4:32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. 36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.
GOD PROMISES……… I WILL END UP WITH MORE
“Give, and it will be given back to you in full measure. What you receive will need to be pressed down and shaken together, but it will still run over and be poured into your lap! The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.” Luke 6:38
“Some people give generously and end up with more, while others don’t give what they should and end up poor.” Proverbs 11:24
“Being generous to the poor is like lending to the Lord, and God will pay you back for what you’ve done.” Proverbs 19:17
…TO MEET ALL MY NEEDS
“I want you to have the good that comes from giving... My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need.” Philippians 4:17b, 19
“He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to their needs will receive curses.” Proverbs 28:27
“You should give as you have decided in your heart to give. Never give reluctantly or under pressure because God loves the person who gives cheerfully. then God will generously provide for you, so that in ALL things at ALL times you’ll have ALL that you need and plenty left over to give more to every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
…MY GIVING IS STORED UP IN HEAVEN
“Use your money to do good...and give generously, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given you. By doing this you will be storing up real treasure for yourself – it is the only safe investment for eternity!” 1 Timothy 6:18-19a
“Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make eternal friends. In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven.” Luke 16:9