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How to Start Giving

April 23, 2019 | Michael Blue

Jesus said one of the distinctions and hallmarks of Christians to the world, is their love for God and one another. That love shows up in our actions, our help, our concern and our giving. Most of us want to give, but it can be really hard to begin giving or to change the way we give. Giving is a reflection of our understanding that God is the giver of all good gifts, so it is important for each of us to move toward being a giver. When we give we reflect God’s character and His love-

John 3:16 tells us that God loved us so much that He GAVE. When we love we give.

Let’s look at how we can begin giving and developing a plan to make giving a regular part of our lives. First Corinthians 16 is a great place for us to look as we think about these things. During Paul’s third missionary journey, he wrote the Corinthians concerning a promised collection to meet the needs of the persecuted believers in Jerusalem. Verse 2, says, “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.”

  • The first idea we get from this verse is that giving should be PERSONAL. The verse states clearly: “each one of you...” The benefits of giving are for each person to enjoy.  Giving brings an earthly blessing. Jesus tells us, “it is more blessed to give than receive.” Giving is not a chore or “must-do” to keep God happy. We give with a cheerful heart out of obedience, and when we do, we realize that as the giver we are just as much a beneficiary as the receiver. We also realize another personal benefit: giving has the remarkable effect of breaking the power or control money has over our lives. It loosens the grip that money has on us.  
  • The second idea we get from 1 Corinthians 16:2, is that giving should move from personal to PERIODIC. The passage tell us, “On the first day of every week.” This implies that we should give regularly. As we mature in giving, we should move from spontaneous giving to systematic giving. Let me encourage you to be a percentage giver. As you have more income or more margin, give accordingly, and perhaps, think about increasing the percentage you give.
  • The final idea we get from this verse is that as you mature in giving it should move from periodic to out of a PRIVATE DEPOSIT. This means money that you have intentionally set aside and saved for unknown future giving needs. You may want to set up a special account to help you separate your funds in this way. This allows you to have money readily available to follow the leading of the Lord in your giving.

These three ideas represent a progression of giving that happens as we become more mature in our giving experiences. The key first step in all of this is that you begin intentionally giving. If we look further into Paul’s correspondence with the Corinthian Christians we see this type of instruction. Second Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” This type of giving is called PREMEDITATED giving. We purpose in our hearts with intention, prayerful consideration, and a plan. As God moves in our hearts through giving, it becomes a part of who we are and it becomes a part of the outworking of our love for other people.

I would encourage you to start giving if you aren’t giving now. If you are already giving, think about how you may move from personal giving to periodic giving and from periodic giving to private deposit giving. As you do this, my hope and prayer is that your giving becomes joy filled and premeditated. Let me close with some quick thoughts on giving:

1. Giving calibrates us to the heart of God, the ultimate giver.

2. Giving breaks the power of money.

3. Giving allows us to participate with God in His work. Henry Blackaby, “Find out where God is working and join him.” Giving is a way to do that.

4. Giving binds our hearts to God’s work. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

5. Don’t wait… start.

I would encourage you to start giving if you aren’t giving now. If you are already giving, think about how you may move from personal giving to periodic giving and from periodic giving to private deposit giving. As you do this, my hope and prayer is that your giving becomes joy filled and premeditated.


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Giving breaks the power of money

These three ideas represent a progression

Giving breaks the power of money.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver

Don’t wait

  1. Giving calibrates us to the heart of God, the ultimate giver.
  2. Giving breaks the power of money.
  3. Giving binds our hearts to God’s work

Michael Blue

Michael Blue serves as the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning. Michael holds the following professional designations and degrees: Certified Financial Planner TM, Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School, and Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

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