Giving Out of Blessings

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.

Deuteronomy 16:17

There seems to be much debate today about “giving”.  How much should we give?  When should we give?  Where should we give?  What do we “owe” the Lord?  What should our giving be based on?  There are many questions, and we won’t get into all of them here and now, but this is a good summary verse on giving.

“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee”.  A few things jump out at me from this verse.

1. Everything we have is given to us by the Lord. “Which he hath given thee”.  We have nothing that “we earned”.  If we were able to work for something, it is the Lord that gave us the strength and ability to work.  Anything we have came from the Lord.  So giving should not be so much a case of “I have this and I have decided to give a little bit of it to the Lord out of the generosity of my heart”.  Giving should always come out of a heart of love and gratitude.

2. We are supposed to give according to how we have been blessed.  That should eliminate any stingy givers immediately.  The Lord has been so good to us and has blessed us “beyond measure”.  When we give according to our blessing, you can be sure that we should be giving generously.

3. Every man should give “as he is able”.  Of course, I don’t think this means “well, I have to make the house payment, the car payment, the boat payment, the vacation condo payment, the cable bill, two phone bills, all the other bills and I have to set aside enough money to eat out at least five times this week and I have to have buy some new stuff just because; so I don’t think I’ll be “able” to give this month”.  If we really wanted to, I think all of us could give more to the Lord than we do.  This is not limited to money- we could give more of our time, more of our love, even more of ourselves. 

After all of His blessing to us, there is really nothing that we could give to Him that would be “too much”.  Let us give of ourselves generously according as He has blessed us.

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