Why, When, and Where to GIVE

What the Bible has to say about why, when, and where to GIVE.

  • First, the motivation behind your gift is more important than your gift. This is the point being made in 1 Corinthians 13:3, which says, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” The reason you give is more important than what or how much you give.

  • Second, there has been a lot of misunderstanding about when we should give. Many Christians only give after all their needs have been met. But the Scriptures teach that our gifts are first fruits (Proverbs 3:9). That means the first thing we do when we receive money is to honor the Lord by giving a portion of it to His work. Anything less is not honoring the Lord.

  • Third, concerning where we should give, that’s the easiest one of all. Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:7-11, Galatians 6:6, 1 Timothy 5:17-18, and many other Scriptures, that you are to give where you are fed. You don’t eat at McDonald’s but go over to Wendy’s to pay. You pay where you eat. Likewise, you are to give where you are fed.

Malachi 3:10 reads, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this, Says the LORD of host, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

The local church is the backbone of God’s work here on earth. There are ways that a local church can feed you that no other ministry can. Give your tithes to the church and your offerings to other ministries.




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