Why Give?

The Bible tells us to give, and not just our money.  We are to give everything we are to God.

Jesus gave his very life for us; our money, time, and other resources should not be more important than the debt of gratitude we owe him. 

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“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 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"  Malachi 3:8-10 (NIV).
 
Jesus' perspective on giving . . .
 
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."  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"  Mark 12:41-44.
Our attitude toward giving and service defines how our heart really feels about God. Giving is an act of worship!