A Willing Heart: Giving is About More than Money

The inspiration for our newest blog series, A Willing Heart, is to inform a correct understanding of biblical giving. If we read most of the current popular Christian literature on giving, we have to ask a basic question: Is it true that giving always revolves around money? When the primary lesson we draw from the Bible about giving is focused on its financial aspect, we miss the complete biblical model. The Bible teaches us far more about giving than how to make financial contributions. Giving carries layers of meaning beyond the scope of economics.

Giving in the Old and New Testaments

A popular view of biblical giving proposes to divide the Bible into two schools of giving: Old Testament giving and New Testament giving. In this binary approach, giving in the Old Testament was a compulsory act, an obligation under the Law. People gave because they had to. The New Testament is different because giving becomes an act of grace, where people give voluntarily. There is a fundamental problem in making such a dramatic distinction between Old and New Testament giving. It ignores the role of the Spirit.

Giving is about the Spirit

Throughout the Bible, whether in the Old or New Testament, biblical giving reflects a spiritual dimension. People in the Old Testament often gave not because they had to but because they had a willing heart. In the wilderness, the people of Israel gave willingly for the building of the tabernacle (Exodus 35:5). In the New Testament, people also gave freely, for instance when a collection was taken to support the poor in Jerusalem (Acts 11:27-30). In both cases, giving was rooted in the same biblical truth: When we give it speaks not just to our wallet, but to our spirit. Giving is a fundamental mark of our walk in the Spirit.

“Take from among you a contribution to the Lord; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the Lord’s contribution.”

- Exodus 35:5

Giving Marks our Spiritual Growth

My aim through this blog series is to explore biblical giving, both through its scriptural principles and through actual biblical profiles in giving. My thesis is that giving always reveals an underlying spiritual dimension. Giving is not just about what we do on the outside. Giving is about what God does in us and through us on the inside. Biblical giving is all about the willing heart that God gives us and what we do with it.

A Willing Heart for Giving

These are some of the foundational themes that will drive the content of A Willing Heart:

  • Giving honors God.
  • Giving is an act of worship– of thanksgiving to God.
  • Giving expresses the character of God.
  • Giving brings blessings to individuals, to families and to communities.
  • Giving transforms.
  • Genuine biblical giving leads to positive benefits.
  • Lack of a giving spirit invites negative consequences.
  • Giving exemplifies faith.
  • Giving expresses the love of God.
  • Giving expresses joy.
  • Giving expresses fellowship.
  • Giving is a community activity.
  • Greed is idolatry.
  • Giving is the antidote to covetousness and greed.

We invite you to follow along as we explore these concepts and the true meaning of biblical giving.

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