Purposeful Giving

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There are mentalities that have affected the way we give nowadays
1. The church just wants our money
2. I give because I don’t want to attract a curse
3. What’s the church doing with the money

These things make us have a mechanical reaction to giving
2 Corinthians 9:7 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” says to give purposefully. This suggests that every act of giving had to be purposeful.
Jesus, since He could see the hearts behind the giving in the temple, saw that the widow who gave the least gave the best because it was purposeful.

There are blessings associated with purposeful giving.

Categories of giving
1 Giving to receive -Yhe widow with flour and jar of oil. 1 Kings 17
2 Giving to be a blessing Roman’s 12:13
3 Giving to glorify God in a sacrificial/honoring way 1 Chron 21:24 Davod wouldn’t give God something that didn’t cost him anything
4 Giving as an act of worship Apostle Paul said in Phil 4:18 ”
Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God”

Looking at these categories should cause us to pause and be purposeful when it’s time to give. Do I want to give to receive?
Do I want to give something as an act of worship? Do I want to give sacrificially? Give as you have purposed in your heart.
In Rev 4, the elders cast their crowns before God, sacrificing their royalty as an act of worship.
Rev 5:8-14 shows how giving is only to honor and worship God
“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever”

If the posture of your heart to giving is wrong, the amount doesn’t matter.
Purposeful giving is a response to a conviction of something you have settled with God in your heart.

Engage with God…ask Him
What do you want me to give?
How? When? Why?
He will tell you.

– Pastor Yoneh