Sharing by God's Plan
Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:18)
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9)
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion. (2 Corinthians 9:11)
Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8)
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
There are three levels of giving: less than your ability, according to your ability, or beyond your ability. Sacrificial giving is giving what you would rather keep.
- The average charitable deduction is 1.7% of adjusted gross income.
- The U.S. is one of very few countries in the world where gifts to churches are tax deductible.
- If someone looks like he can give a million dollars, he probably can't.
- You can't take it with you, but you can send some on ahead.
- Giving is not God's way of raising money—it's His way of raising children.
- Sharing assets with others releases huge amounts of money that can be invested in the kingdom of God.
- A disciple does not ask, "How much can I keep?" but "How much more can I give?"
An inventor of earthmoving machines, R.G. LeTourneau, reached the point of giving 90% of his income to the Lord. As he put it, "I shovel the money out, and God shovels it back to me—but God has a bigger shovel."
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