The major biblical teaching on grace-motivated giving is in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. Those chapters contain many principles about the motivations, amounts, effects, and rewards of grace giving.
The Apostle Paul commended the attitude and motivation of those in Macedonia who gave so generously. Their giving serves as a good example for us.
- We should be freely willing to give. 2 Cor. 8:3; 9:2
- We should give ourselves to God first. 2 Cor. 8:5
- We should devote ourselves to helping others. 2 Cor. 8:4-5
- We should be motivated by love for others. 2 Cor. 8:7
- We should give what we purpose in our hearts. 2 Cor. 9:7
- We should give cheerfully. 2 Cor. 9:5,7
Rather than a fixed percentage such as a tithe, grace-motivated giving is the giver’s response of gratitude to God for the many blessings received.
Often when gifts are given, we never see or realize the full impact they have. Paul pointed out the effects of the Macedonians’ generosity and shows how gifts given in response to God’s grace have a chain-reaction effect.
- We meet the needs of other people. 2 Cor. 8:14; 9:12
- We stir up the faith, love, and worship of recipients by our example. 2 Cor. 9:2,13
- We increase in fruits of righteous. 2 Cor. 9:10
- We motivate the recipients to thank God. 2 Cor. 9:12
- We bring glory to God. 2 Cor. 9:13
- We strengthen our bond of prayer and love with the recipients. 2 Cor. 9:14
Though we do not give to gain, the Bible clearly teaches that generous giving lays up treasures in heaven which bring dividends, or rewards to the giver.
To be sure, there are many more principles about giving in the Bible. These chapters form a compact unit that shows what it means to be motivated by God’s grace to give generously. Grace giving is one way that we can thank God for His “indescribable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).
– Written by Charlie Bing @ gracelife.org