In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church, he gives 10 reasons for us to give. Check them out in 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 entitled “The Cheerful Giver“.
1. Giving is the best investment you can make
Like the harvest, giving is planting seed. The farmer will reap far more than he has sown. A stingy planter gets a stingy crop, conversely a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (v6)
2. Giving should be fun
Generosity leads to happiness. Ever see a happy stingy person. “God loves a cheerful giver” (v7).
3. Giving takes away the burden of financial worry
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (v8). Giving does not mean handing over our financial responsibility to God, but it does mean handing over the worry and the burden of it and to rest in His promise of always having sufficiently enough.
4. Giving enriches you
When God invites us to give, God is appealing not just to our emotions but also to our reason. “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way” (v11).
5. Giving transforms your character
Giving will “increase the harvest of your righteousness” (v10b). Giving gives a black eye to materialism and consumerism in our lives.
6. Giving inspires others
“…be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God” (v11b). Paul goes further to say “they will glory God because of your submission” (v13b).
7. Giving meets people’s needs
Giving “supplies the needs of the saints” (v12). The Message translation has a wonderful way of putting this verse “helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians“.
8. Giving is evidence of real faith
Generous giving is an act of obedience. Giving is an act of trust resulting from our confession that Jesus is Lord and Saviour in our lives “…comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ” (v13) – in giving you are saying that it is God, not yourself or anyone else, who ultimately provides for your needs.
9. Giving makes you a stakeholder in the church
In the same way when you share a flat with someone or live on someone’s property, you share your portion of the expenses. By doing this you also share in the benefits accrued to being in the flat or on the property. “…the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others” (v13b)
10. Giving is in response to God’s grace through the gospel
“…because of the surpassing grace of God upon you” (v15b).