I Corinthians 16:1,2
Pastor Doug's sermon this morning was on stewardship which was defined as "the biblical subject of how well we care for the people and resources given to us." God has entrusted us with goods and blessed us with people in our lives. We will eventually give an account for our management of these gifts.
100% of our financial resources are God's. Discussion of 'tithing' or procedure is not the thrust.
Why has God given to us?
1) To meet our physical needs. 2) Maybe to bless past or present obedience. 3) God wants to reach others.
4) God wants to receive glory and honor.
God in His sovereignty doles out on three levels: much, less, a lot less. Be faithful with what you have.
In your current situation, what does God want to reveal about you and about Himself? God is less concerned with your "happiness" than he is about your joy, your gratitude, your thanksgiving.
Our giving reminds us that all we have is of God.
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.