Why We Give
Generosity is the natural outcome of God's transforming work in individuals when they are conformed to the image of Christ. God wants to be first in every aspect of our lives, including our finances.
Giving isn't about money - it's about our relationship with God. In 2 Corinthians 8:9, Paul describes the effect the gospel should have on a Christian understanding of wealth: "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich."
When we understand Christ's sacrificial love for us, that he gave up everything so that we could inherit the riches of heaven, we can develop a healthy attitude toward our material possessions and become people who are both generous and joyful.
Understanding the riches we have already received in Christ not only liberates us from excessive concern over our wealth, talents and time, but also motivates us to invest them in the eternal kingdom of God.