Giving is a vital aspect of a thriving Christian life. The Bible is filled with scriptures that paint a picture of the positive impact of generous giving.
When we give, we tangibly demonstrate our love for God and others. The Bible outlines various reasons for giving and the incredible thing is: giving isn’t just helpful for the one receiving, it also blesses the giver.
Here, we’re exploring five different biblical aspects of giving. In addition, we’ve included 15 tithing verses in each category reflect why we give according to what the Bible says.
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Tithing Verses for Your Church Service
We get it, talking about money is nerve-wracking! But most church services have a dedicated time for offering because it’s a vital part of our worship.
Knowing what to say and having offering scriptures to back up your points is vital. And these biblical truths and principles about giving should put your heart at ease.
Here are five different aspects of giving to highlight in your tithes and offering time along with 15 tithing verses.
1. Giving is an act of worship.
Our willingness to freely give shows our deep trust and dependence on God, acknowledging that He is the provider for all our needs.
Giving also shows that we prioritize God above all else. This frees us from the love of money, dependence on our possessions, and desire to hoard for ourselves. In other words, it helps us keep our priorities straight.
In addition, our obedience with the tithe is about giving FIRST to God. Following the biblical example of Abel, Abraham, and others, we know we’re simply returning to Him what He’s already given to us and that God blesses us in our giving.
So the next time you bring a tithe or offering, remember the true purpose behind the act and let it be a beautiful expression of worship and faith. Our willingness to give brings glory to His Name!
You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
2. Giving provides for the needs of others.
It can be easy to get caught up in our schedules, needs, and possessions, but giving reminds us to consider others needs. As the family of God, we are called to care for one another, especially those less fortunate.
Through giving, we can provide necessary support for others including those who are experiencing hardship. It’s also important to remember that everything we have ultimately belongs to God, and giving is a way for us to honor and thank Him for His generosity.
Furthermore, many times our concerns and troubles diminish when we shift our focus to serving others. Biblical giving not only helps meet physical needs, but these tithing verses show that it brings joy and spiritual fulfillment to both the giver and the receiver.
If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
3. Giving is about the heart.
God doesn’t need our money or resources, so it’s not about giving a certain amount. Instead, it’s about the heart.
We’re not called to give an identical offering and shouldn’t judge others based on how much or little they’re able to give. Neither should we feel guilty or compelled to give out of obligation.
The gospels record the story of a widow who put two small copper coins in the offering box. Although Jesus and His disciples saw the rich putting in larger offerings, Jesus highlighted the poor widow’s sacrifice. She gave a perfect gift because she gave what she had, from the heart.
When church leaders talk about tithes and offerings, it should never be done with a sense of guilt or condemnation. Instead, each person can privately determine what to give. We can be confident knowing that God sees our heart, rewards our obedience, and is pleased with a pure heart.
Tell the Israelites to bring Me an offering. You are to receive My offering from every man whose heart compels him.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
4. Giving comes with a return blessing.
You’ll also find many Bible verses that discuss the benefits for the giver. Givers can expect a reward and blessing from their heavenly Father as they give generously.
Now, remember that we aren’t primarily giving to get. One characteristic of God is His generosity. As we reflect His nature, we should also display a spirit of generosity. We also know that He supplies seed for the sower. When we give, He will meet our needs and replenish our stores.
Also, the Word shares the principle that whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. The Lord God promises good gifts to faithful tithers, as we see in Malachi 3:10. We’re challenged to bring all the tithe into the storehouse and watch God pour out blessings.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
2 Corinthians 9:5-6
…This way, your gift will be prepared generously and not begrudgingly. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
5. Giving is an investment in the Kingdom of God.
You could also view your offering as a heavenly investment. Tithes and offerings are used to support pastors and missionaries, build churches and provide resources for evangelism and discipleship. This ensures the gospel is proclaimed to all the nations.
When people give generously to build the church, it’s an investment in our heavenly kingdom. As the Word says, when you store for yourselves treasures in heaven, thieves can’t break in and steal it nor rust destroy it.
The tithing verses below confirm the importance of giving to further the Kingdom, which brings blessing in this life and eternal life to come.
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart will be also.
2 Corinthians 9:11
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
What Bible Verses on Giving Show Us
These tithing verses show us that giving is an act of worship and should be done cheerfully as directed by the Holy Spirit. It also comes with a return blessing and it’s an investment in the Kingdom of God.
Our giving can make a tremendous difference in the life of a needy person. Bible verses also instruct us to not withhold good when we have the power to help someone else through our giving and service.
We are called to give generously and have an eternal perspective!
Becoming a Cheerful Giver
A generous person
- Can depend on God to provide all their needs.
- Shows that God’s love abides in them.
- Helps those in need
- Furthers the kingdom of God
- Can expect that God bless their lives
Generous giving will produce thanksgiving in the lives of the giver and the receiver and brings glory to God and our Lord Jesus Christ! God’s people are richly blessed when they take these tithing verses to heart.
What is your favorite aspect of giving to talk about? Let us know in the comments below…