The Acceptable Gift Truths
There are four key truths that result in acceptable gifts to God today. Each of them is rooted in both Old and New Testaments.
- The Amount Matters – God notices our gifts, is interested in them and measures them. Our gifts matter to Him. And He wants our gifts to matter to us too. If the gift amount matters to us, then the gift can matter to God. If the gift amount does not matter to us, then it won’t matter to God either. (Genesis 4:3-4; Deuteronomy 16:10,16; 2 Samuel 24:24; Matthew 6:20-21; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 12:21)
- We Determine the Amount – God gives us the freedom of choice to set our overall giving standard. The Bible does not provide a uniform standard for everyone to apply. (Exodus 25:2, 35:5; Deuteronomy 15:7-8,11; 16:10,17; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:7)
- 3. The Gift is Measured According to Ability – God gives everyone a unique giving ability. And God measures our gifts according to our abilities. He sees the gift not based on its amount alone, but based on the amount that is left over after the gift. (Leviticus 5:7,11; Deuteronomy 16:17; 1 Chronicles 29:2; Ezra 2:69; Mark 12:43-44; Acts 11:29; 2 Corinthians 8:3, 8:12)
4. The Heart Makes the Gift Count – In measuring our gift, God also measures our heart. No gift amount can please God apart from an acceptable heart. When our heart is acceptable to God, our gift can be also. (1 Samuel 15:22; 1 Chronicles 29:17; Proverbs 21:3; Matthew 5:23-24; 23:23; 1 Corinthians 13:3)