In 1 Corinthians 16 we find four principles which should guide our giving to the local church:
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 2 On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper…
1. Giving is to be systematic.
- Paul suggested putting aside money at the first of every week. The idea is that our giving should be regular and planned.
2. Giving is to be personally determined.
- It is not to be imposed from without.
3. Giving is to be proportionate with how God has blessed us.
- The standard by which our contribution is judged by God is in relation to what we have, not what we don’t have.
4. Giving is the responsibility of all.
- “Let each one of you….” We cannot file for an exemption!
In 2 Corinthians 9 Paul talks about the underlying attitude which should accompany our giving:
6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. 7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God a loves a cheerful giver.
Thus, as God’s blessed children we should give cheerfully, knowing that God blesses the generous giver!