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Gift of Giving


Written by James Nored

Giving

Giving—This gift equips one to regularly give in generous fashion of one’s financial resources.  An example of leading through giving would be helping support a missionary family out of one’s own means (Mt. 8:3).

 

 

Spiritual Gifts Passage on Giving

". . . if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously" (Rom. 12:8). 

Characteristics of Those with This Gift:
Want to be challenged to give more and respond well to these challenges
-  Are especially moved by the financial plight of the poor and needy
- Have special concerns (e.g., evangelism, missions, benevolence) that they are very willing to fund above and beyond regular giving
- Do not hold on tightly to their own possessions or savings, but regularly give them away
- Are careful with their spending so that they may give to others

Application 
Application for World/Workplace/Neighborhood Settings
Look for co-workers or neighbors who going through economic hardship and buy them something they need
- Organize the collection of funds towards a cause that will resonate with non-Christians

Application for Church Ministry
-  Begin with tithing towards your local church and then give above and beyond this
-  Save additional funds to allow for special giving
-  Teach/participate in financial management ministry such as Financial Peace

Application for Family
-  Begin teaching your children to tithe as little children, explaining why you do this
-  Save as a family and then use these funds to go and give to the poor and needy something that they need
-  Sponsor a child overseas that is in need and have your children give some of their allowance towards this child's monthly support.

Watch Theses Inspiring Videos of Those Who Have Used the Gift of Giving!
-  The $100 Challenge - Give Away $100 to Those in Need

-  Alfonso - A Powerful Testimony on Giving

Testimony/Example of Those Who Have Used This Gift:
Peter, sporting goods salesman, special events deacon, father of two teens--“I truly believe that the strongest area in my walk with the Lord is my giving. I truly believe God has been setting me up to be a generous giver all my life. Even before I was a Christian, God put excellent ‘giver’ examples in my life. These ‘givers’ modeled for me how to use the blessing that God has bestowed in our lives.

Because of this, I now tithe as a matter of habit. I try to model financial stewardship to my children. I purpose and give each and every week. Even when my family faced a large amount of debt, we were told we should consider scaling our giving back. I refused.

I truly believe that God challenges me to try to out give his blessings.”

 

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