How Giving Can Connect Us to the Heart of God

September 30, 2014 | Chris Payne

We are never more like God than when we give. Do you believe this?
I’d like to say that I do, but often I do not.

I know that “God so loved the world that He gave…”
But, I really want to love myself by getting.

Giving is a powerful antibody to the bacteria of selfishness and greed.
Giving keeps me in a posture of humility and generosity.
Giving connects me to God’s heart for people.

Deuteronomy 8:14-18 was the text I used this past weekend at New Charlotte Church. Take a look at it.
I selected this passage because of its parallels to how we often treat wealth and power.

We forget.
We forget about God’s work in us and through us.
We forget the lessons that He taught us in the wilderness about how to handle wealth and power in the promise land.

The lessons we learn in the wilderness prepare us for the gifts in the promise land.
God humbles and tests us, in order to do good for us in the end.
Greed and selfishness short-circuit this important work of God.
It’s what causes the wealthy man to say, “I achieved this, and I alone.”

Giving connects us to Mission, to the work of God in and through His people (The Church).
This Sunday, I gave a few “survival” lessons about Giving:

1. Giving is from the heart.
2. Giving is an internal decision
3. Giving is proportional
4. Giving is planned

Here are some of the passages I used this week at New Charlotte.
And, here is the full sermon.

Deuteronomy 8
I Timothy 6:17-18
Matthew 6:21; 24
Matthew 5:21
II Corinthians 9:7
I Corinthians 16:2b
II Corinthians 8:3
I Corinthians 16:2a

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