The 5 P’s of Giving
“Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
There are many references in the Bible to how and what God wants us to give and to the blessings of giving. When we give the way God says to give, He wants us to be blessed not just in financial ways but in our lives. God wants us to be cheerful givers. Each one must enjoy the understanding and idea of giving.
There are five major touchstones to help us understand the big picture of what giving to God means.
Giving is a reminder of God’s ownership and is blessed by God.
Proverbs 3:9-10 – “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with first fruits of all your produce; then will your barns be filled with plenty, with new wine your vats will overflow.”
The whole essence of biblical stewardship is not worrying about money so much; give to God first and He will take care of you.
Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”
Giving involves tithes and offerings in gratitude and worship.
The idea of giving began in the Garden of Eden. God gave specific instructions to Cain and Abel on what types of offerings they were to bring, just as God instructs his followers today. Abel obeyed God and God was pleased; Cain, however, did not do as God instructed.
Genesis 4:2-5 – “Next she gave birth to his brother Abel. Abel became a herder of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the ground, while Abel, for his part, brought the fatty portion of the firstlings of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry and dejected.”
A tithe was first mentioned in Genesis, but Moses mentions a tithe and commits it into law in Leviticus.
Leviticus 27:30-32 – “All tithes of the land, whether in grain from the fields or in fruit from the trees, belong to the LORD; they are sacred to the LORD. If someone wishes to redeem any of the tithes, the person shall pay one fifth more than their value. The tithes of the herd and the flock, every tenth animal that passes under the herdsman’s rod, shall be sacred to the LORD.”
At God’s instructions, this practice continues throughout the Bible.
Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you, and pour down upon you blessing without measure!”
God’s instructions for tithing begin in the Old Testament and continue through the New Testament. As we study and follow God’s word, it becomes clear that we are to give a tithe to God. We are to be led by the spirit of God with an attitude of gratitude. Every time we give, we are reminding ourselves that God is the owner of it all and we are his stewards.
Jesus commends the tithe in the New Testament.
Matthew 23:23 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. These you should have done, without neglecting the others.”
The temple and the church are places of worship and giving.
Wherever people gather to worship is the first place that we come to give. Obviously that’s not the only place to give, but it is the first place that God calls us to give.
Acts 4:34-35 – “There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.”
The place of worship and the place of giving were the same.
Giving to God brings the blessing of further provision.
God tells us throughout the Bible that giving to Him will bring blessings to the giver.
Proverbs 3:10 – “Then will your barns be filled with plenty, with new wine your vats will overflow.”
Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you, and pour down upon you blessing without measure!.”
God calls on us to test Him. He tells us to bring the tithes in and he will give us more blessings than we can handle. Believe God. Trust God. Give as God instructs you to Give and God will provide for you. God will not let you down if you will obey Him.
We don’t give in order to get; we give to worship. We give to make an impact, to make a difference in people’s lives. We give to further ministry; we give to send people all over the world. God gives us more when He finds a faithful vessel through whom He can work.
If God finds that you are faithful, He will provide for you more so that you can continue to be faithful. He will take care of you.
Luke 6:38 – “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”
Giving opens the door to greater ministry and testimony
Acts 4:33 – “With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.”
Get it on the blessings of God by getting in on the obedience of God. This is true not just of giving but of every aspect of surrender in your life. Surrender yourself – your time and talents to God – and God will take it and bless your life.