Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Benefits of Giving Generously

Most of us are probably familiar with the Bible verse - It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35) But, how can that be? Many modern day Christians are displaying evidence that they enjoy getting and having. According to How to Manage Your Money there are 3 main benefits for the giver:
  • When we give to the Lord, our hearts will grow closer to Him. Mathew 6:21
  • We are investing in our eternal account, treasures that we will enjoy later on. Matthew 6:20
  • When we give to the Lord, He gives us more resources - for our own needs and for others. 2 Corinthians 9:6
And there are other benefits, too - not necessarily just for the giver:

It feels good when we obey and give Him our "first fruits".
It gives us an opportunity to help others and to feel blessed through giving.
It helps churches and Christian ministries grow and reach more people.
When we give we prove that we trust God.
We reflect God's generous love.
We are actively participating in God's will for a person or ministry.