How to Become More Generous This Year

Do you want to give more but you don’t know how?

The Apostle Paul said, “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come, no collections will have to be made.” (1 Corinthians 16:2) This means that: Giving should be regular. It shouldn’t be spontaneous or emotionally driven but rather we’re to be very intentional about giving “on the first day of every week.” Giving should also be personal. It’s the responsibility and privilege of every child of God, whether young or old, rich or poor. As Billy Graham said, “God has given us two hands, one to receive and the other to give.” Giving should be out of a private deposit. We’re to “set aside a sum of money” for this purpose. Many set aside money for emergencies, retirement, or investing but don’t have funds for giving. Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce.” 

Now I wonder…who do you honor first with your money? Giving is a way of acknowledging that everything we have belongs to God. We put our trust in Him by giving away the first of our provisions, not the last. We don’t tip God from the leftovers but honor Him as first and foremost in our lives. Practice giving first, saving second. What remains can be spent or invested. This simple habit will help you faithfully prioritize what God provides. Giving first honors Him. Saving second prepares you for the future. 

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