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whether or not I have the funding available         Maybe you are a young believer who
to close the transaction. “Buy now and pay      feels that you have nothing to give. Scripture
later” may be the mantra of the rampant         is very challenging in its teaching on giving.
consumerism that poisons western society,       Who should give? Those who have plenty?
but it is a flagrantly unscriptural way for a   Those who have more than me? No! Paul
child of God to live.                           writes in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that “every man,
                                                according as he purposeth in his heart, so let
    Why does God provide us with money?         him give.” Notice that he says “every man.”
                                                In 1 Corinthians 16:2 he says, “Upon the
The Grace of Giving                             first day of the week let every one of you lay
                                                by him in store, as God hath prospered
    It is doubtful that anyone would say        him.” Note again in this verse that he says
that God gives us money to waste on our         “every one of you.” So giving is the responsi-
covetous desires. It is much more likely that   bility of every single believer, not just a select
most would say that God gives us money for      group.
us to use to meet our needs. Would it sur-
prise you to learn that even this is not a          We are given very specific instructions
completely Scriptural understanding of why      in 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 regarding
God entrusts us with money and material         principles that should govern our giving.
possessions? Paul writes in 1 Timothy 6:17      We learn in these chapters that we should
(ESV) about “God, Who richly provides us        give liberally, willingly, cheerfully, and sacri-
with everything to enjoy.” If that’s where the  ficially.
Scripture ended, we would be happy in un-
derstanding that God has given us every-            God has entrusted you with money so
thing for our own enjoyment. But in verse       you will be able to support others in His
18 the apostle goes on to explain how we are    work. Are you comfortable with the extent
to enjoy the things God has provided for us.    to which you are using this money? Or are
We are “to do good, to be rich in good          you caught in the trap that so many believ-
works, to be generous and ready to share.”      ers find themselves in where every dollar has
We see the same teaching in Ephesians 4:28      been committed and spoken for before you
where Paul writes “Let him that stole steal     even earn it, so that there is literally nothing
no more: but rather let him labor, working      left to give? If so, then pay specific attention
with his hands the thing which is good, that    to the principle in the verse already quoted
he may have to give to him that needeth.”       in the previous paragraph - 2 Corinthians
We may have expected the verse to end with      9:7: “Every man, according as he purposeth
“that he may have what he needs to provide      in his heart, so let him give.” If you do not
for himself and his family” but that’s not      resolve to give deliberately, it is extremely
what the Scripture says. It says “that he may   unlikely that there will be anything available
have to give to him that needeth.” The main     to give. It may be that right at this point in
reason God entrusts us with money and ma-       time you would find it very, very difficult to
terial possession is so that we can use them    increase your giving, as you have no dispos-
as instruments in his hand to meet the needs    able money available for discretionary use. If
of others. Simply put, he gives us money to     that’s the case, are you willing to resolve in
give!                                           your heart now that at the first available op-

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