Gift of Giving

Gift of Giving (Romans 12:8)

This gift is the ability to give liberally to meet the needs of others and support God’s ministry with that which God has entrusted to you.

  • This gift is not to be associated only with wealthy people. (II Corinthians 8:1,2)
  • This gift is to be exercised with “liberality.” The word means “simplicity” or “sincerity” or “purity.” (Romans 12:8)
  • The use of this gift will many times be used at considerable cost to the giver. (Luke 21:1-4)
  • This gift should be used in secret as much as possible. (Matthew 6:2-4)

Biblical Examples:

  • The purposes for which this gift is to be used are:
    • To meet the needs of believers within your local assembly. (Ephesians 4:28; Galatians 6:10; I John 3:17)
    • To meet the needs of believers in other assemblies. (Romans 15: 25,26)
    • To meet the needs of those who labor in preaching and teaching. (I Timothy 5:17, 18; Philippians 4:10)
    • To meet the needs of non-believers.

Possible Characteristics of this Gift:

  • You have an inner sense of unrest when you see someone in financial or material need.
  • You have a reluctance to let the person helped know where the help came from.
  • You sense real joy when giving to meet someone’s need.
  • You have the ability to make wise purchases and investments.
  • You are burdened because you do not see others sacrificing financially to meet needs you see to be important.
  • You want to be a part of the work or project to which you give.
  • You do not need to be pressured to give.
  • You avoid the spotlight that sometimes comes to those who give significant amounts of money.
  • You willingly live a life of personal sacrifice so that others may have their basic needs met.
  • You are sometimes taken advantage of by people in need.
  • You tend to think about others before you think about yourself.
  • You realize that all of what you have belongs to God and that you are only a steward of what you “possess.”
  • When giving, you do not think about tax advantages before deciding to give to something.

Common Support Gifts:

Discernment, Mercy, Administration

Possible Ministries:

  • Giving (Special Project Giving, Christmas Blessing Tree, Local Missions Volunteers, Short Term Missions Trip Team, BRIDGES Missionary Care Team)
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