As a disciple of Jesus, what matters most is what I do with the wealth that the American Dream has afforded me. Soon we will stand before King Jesus and we will give an account for what we did with what He placed in our hands.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 142
How much should Christians give? The bigger questions that we must ask about money are heart questions like these:
- What does your spending show that you delight in?
- What does your saving show you find security in?
- Whose kingdom are you building?
- What have you done with the majority of your resources up to this point in your life?
- How are you leveraging your talents now for God’s kingdom?
- What have you spent the majority of your money on thus far?
- Where does the bulk of your treasure lie?
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 141
People who are obsessed with God are known as givers, not takers. Obsessed people genuinely think that others matter as much as they do, and they are particularly aware of those who are poor around the world. (James 2:14-26)
– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 140-141
People who are obsessed with Jesus give freely and openly without censure. Obsessed people love those who hate them and who can never love them back.
– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 132
Giving that is not motivated by love is worth nothing. Paul says from this kind of giving we “gain nothing”; however, when we give out of love, we gain much. Giving results not only in heavenly compensation, but also give us great joy in our loves here and now. As we love more genuinely and deeply giving because the obvious and natural response. Taking and keeping for ourselves becomes unattractive and imprudent.
– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 120
I am concerned for the poor but more for you. I know not what Christ will say to you in the great day… I fear there are many hearing me who may know well that they are not Christians because they do not love to give. To give largely and liberally, not grudgingly at all, requires a new heart; an old heart would rather part with its life-blood than its money. Oh my friends! Enjoy your money; make the most of it; give more away; enjoy it quickly for I can tell you, you will be beggars throughout eternity.
– Robert Murray M’Cheyne
as quoted by Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 89-90
Our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God in our lives. It doesn’t come out of our altruism or philanthropy – it comes out of the transforming work of Christ in us. This is grace in action; our giving is the reaction. We give because he first gave to us.
by, Randy Alcorn
The Treasure Principle, copyright 2001, page 30