The Proper Attitude of Giving
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 19, 2018)
The proper attitude of giving can be seen in Acts 4:32-37…
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
Acts 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
Acts 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Acts 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Notice that the community of Believers who had land and property did not hear a sermon telling them they must sell their lands and properties. Nor were they told they must give of their money to the newly converted Believers in Christ Jesus.
No…they saw a need and voluntarily sold land and property to help meet that need. No dictated percentage. No coercion from the apostles. No guilt or fear tactics employed whatsoever.
When one allows the Spirit of God to rule one’s heart, he will give simply out of love for those who lack; wanting to see those who lack or are in poverty to thrive.
The apostle Paul encouraged the faithful brethren at Corinth to have that same attitude in their giving, when he wrote:
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.