Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Stewardship: Gift of Giving

It has been stated that the greatest book ever written on the subject of money is the Bible. Someone has calculated that there are 2350 verses in the Scriptures that deal with money or possessions. Giving is a natural fruit of our relationship with God. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…you cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:21,24)

George Barna Research Online relates the following statistics on giving from national surveys conducted by Barna Research.

  • Over 80% of all households donated some money to at least one non-profit organization or a church in 2003, 2002 and 2001, compared with 84% in 2000 and 87% in 1999.
  • The proportion of households that tithe their income to their church – that is, give at least ten percent of their income to that ministry – has dropped by 62% in the past year, from 8% in 2001 to just 3% of adults during 2002 (2003)
  • In 2002, 6% of born again adults tithed. This represents an 8-percentage point decline from 2001, (14% of born again adults tithed) and a 6-point decline from 2000, (12% of all born again adults). (2003)

Giving is a natural way for the Christian to express love and appreciation to God. Because God gave, our desire is to respond by giving!  Although all of us give, some have been given a special gift of giving. In the twelfth chapter of Romans the Apostle Paul includes giving as a spiritual gift.

The gift of giving is listed in verse eight he says, “he who gives, with liberality.” (NKJV) The text indicates that someone who has the gift of giving will give liberally.  Paul is speaking here of a more general gift. This gift is manifested in generous giving. A sharing of one’s goods or wealth. In the early church the members sold their possessions and “divided them among all, as anyone had need.” (Acts 2:45)

Faithful giving is one of the fruits of our relationship with our Creator. In the parable of the unjust steward the rich man calls his steward to give an account of his stewardship. We too will someday give an account of how we have managed what God has entrusted to each of us.Giving directs the heart to Christ. 

Giving results in material blessings and increase. There is a cycle of giving. God gives to us, we give back to God and others, needs are met, blessings are received, and then the cycle starts over.

“God doesn’t want shares of your life, He wants controlling interest.” Timothy Burkhart 

By Mitch Hazekamp

Mitch Hazekamp
Mitch Hazekamp

Stewardship/Trust Services Director

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