Giving is a Heart Response

Giving is a Heart Response

Money is a sensitive subject for church goers. There was a man who wouldn’t go to church at the beginning of the year because “that’s when they come for your money.”

Everyone has an idea about how much money you should give to the church. Even in Paul s time during the first century, there was an unwillingness to depart with cash.

Paul gave them a method for giving in 1 Corinthians 16:

    • On the first day of every week,

    • Set aside some money from your income, and,

    • Save it until he gets there.

Most of the Corinthians were not Jewish and didn’t know much about the Mosaic Law’s instructions on giving.

Paul kept it simple, support God’s people in the work they are doing, make it a habit, look at your income and determine how much you should give, save it so that it won’t be the focus of his visit.

Note, Paul did not call it “The Apostle gift” or the Churches gift. It was support for missionaries.

God wants us to be cheerful givers and generous givers.

If you feel a pit in your stomach everyone someone asks you for money, you should reflect as to why that is.

Could it be that you don’t trust the church to manage the money (that is a legitimate concern). Or maybe you feel like you won’t have enough for later on in life or an emergency.

Money is important to our existence, that’s why God talks about it in the Bible. He wants you to know that how you use your treasure (money) reflects the attitude of your heart.

Listen to Jesus when he says, “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10v8

Giving is a heart response.

About The Author

Jesse Velez

Although Jesse Velez will forever carry the essence of a Native New Yorker, he currently calls the sun-soaked city of Miami, Florida, his home. Celebrating a marriage of 31+ years to Eusebia, he proudly embraces his role as the father of five grown children. Jesse has cultivated a profound grasp of the Bible over the span of 40+ years, dedicated to following and serving Jesus while engaging in extensive reading and in-depth study of the scriptures.