When we give, we give to God
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Giving is a privilege
2 Corinthians 8:4
They [the Macedonians] begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.
2 Corinthians 8:8
I am not giving you an order; I am not saying you must do it, but others are eager for it. This is one way to prove that your love is real, that it goes beyond mere words.
Giving is an act of worship
Let’s not neglect what is good and share what we have, for these sacrifices also please God.
Honour the Lord by making him an offering from the best of all that your land produces. If you do, your barns will be filled with grain, and you will have too much wine to store it all.
Giving is an eternal investment
Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
Anyone who can be trusted in little matters can also be trusted in important matters. But anyone who is dishonest in little matters will be dishonest in important matters.