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The value of my life isn’t determined by how much I achieve or accumulate but by how much of my life I give my life away.

We Live to Give

Proverbs 11:24 MSG
The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

Proverbs 11:25
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Acts 20:35
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Love-Driven Faith

You can give without loving but you can’t love without giving.

1. Choose to give, joyfully.

2 Corinthians 9:7b
God loves a cheerful giver.

2. Choose to give, selflessly.

Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Matthew 25:35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

3. Choose to give, willingly.

Tithe – 10% of income.

Luke 11:42
Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue, and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

Malachi 3:10
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

10-10-80 Plan

Proverbs 3:9-10a
Honor the LORD with your wealth.

4. Choose to give, intentionally.

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:11
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us, your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Psalms 116:2
Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

1 Samuel 12:24
But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

5. Reach out, not down.

Find a need and meet it. Find a hurt and heal it.

We can’t do everything but we can do something.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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