Haggai 1:4-5: Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins? Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”


 The pursuit of our lives should not be to look after our own interests at the expense of God’s house. The Bible assures us that such an attitude will cause what we bring home to be blown away. God wants His house to be built to glorify His name on the earth: the temple was to be built to bring pleasure to God. As we join Him in building His house we position ourselves to receive blessings from the Lord.


There is a two-fold promise of blessing God brings to us when encouraging us to be givers. He wants to build His house on earth, the Church, and He wants to introduce us to a changed way of life through a giving nature.


1. Jesus taught it. Acts 20:35 and Luke 6:38 – Jesus taught people to be givers, to take what they receive and give it to others. He also taught that a part of giving is to receive something back from God.


2. God is a giver. John 3:16 – God so loved the world that He gave, and we are called to imitate God. Ephesians 5:1-2 - Giving shows that we love what God loves.


3. A generous soul does better in life than a stingy soul. Proverbs 11:24 - We need to get bigger: getting a generous view on life leads to living a bigger life with a big heart.


4. Giving defeats greed and money from ruling our lives. Matthew 19:21 - We will rule our money, or our money will rule us. Being generous is one step in this, as we tell our money where to go and what to do we are ruling over it.


5. Greater blessing will flow into our lives through giving. 2 Corinthians 9:6 - As we give we grow in this giving nature, but we also receive blessings. When you give it never leaves you. It just leaves your present and ends up in your future.


6. Giving pleases God. 2 Corinthians 9:7 - God loves a cheerful giver! Giving is such a part of God’s nature that it pleases him when we start to live generously, like Him. In Genesis 8:21 when Noah offered up his sacrifice, God was so pleased, He vowed He would never again flood the Earth under any circumstance.


7. Giving brings success in our work. Ephesians 4:28 - We are inspired to greater industriousness when we live and work for purposes greater than ourselves. If we don’t produce, then all we do is consume.


8. We become bigger people. Isaiah 54:2-3 - As we give, we move from being small people, to big people. As we step out and stretch ourselves this causes growth and enlargement in our life.


9. An offering that changed the world. One of the reasons the devil opposes offerings so vehemently is because they have so much power. Had he realised the death of Christ was an offering he would never have incited it through Judas. 


10. To show our thankfulness. Ephesians 5:20 - We should give thanks to God for what Jesus did- giving Himself for us. We should view our giving in light of what Jesus did; our giving of money is a small thing compared to what Jesus gave.

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