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1. The Element of Expectation

We are required to give.  Cain and Abel gave offerings unto the Lord. Abraham tithed to Melchisedec.  The law required Israel to bring the first fruits of their labor. The early church brought their gifts to the storehouse on the first day of the week. Many contend that giving was an Old Testament protocol that somehow became dissolved under the dispensation of grace.  Someone has rightly observed, “If an Old Testament Jew was expected to give a tenth under the law of Moses; how much more should we give who have been freely saved by the grace of God?”

I believe God expects us to give.  And if His primary purpose of the church is to propagate the gospel, shouldn’t every believer financially involve themselves in
such an endeavor?

 

2. The Element of Expedience

Although our motivation for giving should NOT be selfish in nature, one cannot deny from studying the promises of God that it is not without benefits.  Abraham gave his son, and God , in return, gave Abraham an entire nation.  Hannah gave her son to the Lord, and the Lord gave her five more children.  The widow woman gave Elijah her barrel, and God kept the barrel full.  The little lad gave his lunch, and God gave the multitude a feast with 12 baskets remaining.  Simply put, it pays to serve God.  If you take care of His business, He is sure to take care of yours.

 

3. The Element of Evangelism

Funding missions means spreading the gospel around the world.  At the end of the day, this is the goal.  Church functions and fellowships are fine in their place.  But God didn’t die on the cross so that we could have dinner on the grounds.  He died so that we can put feet on the grounds in heathen and pagan nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

4. The Element of Eternity

Souls are dying without Christ.  What are we doing to reach them?  Charles Spurgeon said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay.”  Eternity should be an ever-present reality in our financial statements.

 

5. The Element of Exaltation

Above and beyond all other reasons, we should support and give to missions for the honor and glory of God.  Whatever we do, may we do it for His exaltation. When Christ is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself.  May we make much of Christ to the honor of God.  May God bless our witness, along with our wallets, for His divine and sovereign purpose.