The Economy of Liberality

Mark Yow

By Mark Yow

”¬†Giving is a foundational principle in the Bible that is advocated for by the Holy Spirit.
The act of giving is not only a reflection of our gratitude, obedience and worship to God, but it also comes with several benefits that impact our lives and the lives of those around us.

1. Purpose
Giving provides us with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. When we give selflessly, we are able to contribute to a greater cause and make a positive impact in the lives of others. This gives us a deep sense of satisfaction and joy, knowing that our actions have made a difference.

2. Cultivates the heart
When we give it cultivates a generous and compassionate heart within us. As we consistently give of our time, resources, and talents, we develop a mindset of abundance and learn to prioritize the needs of others.This helps us to grow in empathy and kindness, mirroring the character of Christ.

3. Builds trust
Giving builds trust and fosters strong relationships. When we give to others, we communicate our care and concern for them. This fosters a sense of trust and builds deeper connections with those around us. As we sow seeds of generosity, we are also more likely to receive support and help in times of need.

4. Financial wisdom
When we give, it promotes financial wisdom and stewardship. By willingly parting with our possessions or money, we learn to detach ourselves from the materialistic mindset that can consume us. Instead, we prioritize investing in eternal treasures and become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.

5. Sowing and reaping
Giving activates the principle of sowing and reaping in our lives. The Bible tells us that when we give generously, we will reap a harvest in return. This does not necessarily mean financial gain, but rather a harvest of blessings, favor, and spiritual growth. As we sow seeds of generosity, we open ourselves up to receiving God’s abundant provision in every area of our lives.
It is crucial for every believer to understand and practice these principles in their lives to experience the blessings and fulfill the purpose of giving.

  • Giving should be done willingly and cheerfully.
    The Bible teaches us that “God loves a cheerful giver.”
    When we give with a joyful heart, we reflect the nature of our loving and generous God.
    It is not about how much we give but the attitude behind our giving that matters.
    A generous heart is a thankful heart, and it opens up doors for God’s blessings to flow abundantly.
  • Giving should be done sacrificially.
    Jesus Himself exemplified sacrificial giving when He laid down His life for us on the cross.
    In the same way, we are called to give sacrificially, not just from our abundance, but from our very selves.
    It may require us to give up our comfort, time, or resources for the sake of others.
    When we choose to sacrifice, we align ourselves with the heart of God and become conduits of His love and provision.
  • Giving should be done with intentionality and wisdom.
    We are instructed to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us.
    This means that we should give thoughtfully, considering the needs of others and seeking God’s guidance in how to best utilize our resources.
    It is important to give to causes and individuals that align with God’s purposes and values, ensuring that our giving has a lasting impact.
  • Giving should be done in faith.
    As believers, we are called to trust in God’s faithfulness and provision.
    When we give, we demonstrate our reliance on Him as our ultimate provider.
    Giving in faith means stepping out of our comfort zones and allowing God to work in and through us.
    It is a recognition that everything we have ultimately belongs to Him, and it is our privilege to participate in His kingdom work.

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Every man according as he purposed in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Acts 20:35 – I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Malachi 3:10 – Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Proverbs 3:27 – Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
Proverbs 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Mark 12:41-44 – And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Galatians 6:6-10 – Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teaches in all good things.
2 Corinthians 8:1 – Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
Matthew 6:19-21 – Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
2 Corinthians 9:6 – But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Luke 12:33-34 – Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that failed not, where no thief approached, neither moth corrupted.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Matthew 6:1-4 – Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. “

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