If God Doesn’t Need Our Money, Why Give?

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J.D. Greear clears up common misconceptions about why Christians should give.

As we continued our All-In series this weekend, we looked at God’s covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7. I love this passage because it debunks one of the greatest misconceptions Christians have about money, and that is that we give money because God is in need.

Our God is not a weak, poor God who needs stuff.

He made everything with a word. He has a limitless supply of resources.

He has no needs; he’s never had one. And even if he did have one, he wouldn’t come to us with it! Look at Psalm 50:12-15:

“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all its fullness are mine. Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows (your obligations) to the Most High. And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will glorify Me.”

See what God says there? “I wouldn’t come to you if I had a need; I could create a whole universe full of ‘yous’ if I wanted.”

What God wants from us is an offering of thanksgiving for what he’s done for us.

He wants us to sit in stunned awe at how great his salvation is and to respond appropriately.

I cannot stress this enough: God does not need our money.

But there are also three aspects of David’s response that are worthy of our emulation.

1. Eternal investment.

David wanted to leverage his money for God’s eternal kingdom, and God said that was a good thing, because David realized what God was building on earth was more important than what David was building. David did not give to God because God was in need, but because he wanted to leverage his earthly resources for God’s eternal kingdom.

Randy Alcorn, in one of the most formative books I’ve ever read on money, The Treasure Principle, puts it this way: “Financial planners tell us: ‘When it comes to your money, don’t think just three months or three years ahead. Think thirty years ahead.’ Christ, the ultimate investment counselor, takes it further. He says, ‘Don’t ask how your investment will be paying off in just thirty years. Ask how it will be paying off in thirty million years.’ ”[1]

J. D. Greear J.D. Greear, Ph.D., pastors the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Tagged by Outreach magazine as one of the fastest growing churches in America, the Summit has grown in the past 8 years from 400 to over 5,000 each weekend. The Summit Church is deeply involved in global church planting, having undertaken the mission to plant 1000 churches in the next 40 years. J.D. has authored Breaking the Islam Code and the upcoming Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary.

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  • Karl Henderson

    Absolutely agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.schillaci1 Ben Schillaci

    Mr Green, I read your article. it is ll about power grab. when people want some thing from others they start with a story on how a big name person submitted to God and how blessed this big named person with a lot of money and if you do the same you will receive the same. It must be around Christmas time and a lot of pastures need more money so here comes the stories about how thank full we are to God and so and so gave to his church and if you give God will give you 100% back and on and on. Let me tell you something search the bible give one verse where Jesus gave away any money? the same bible says do not give out of your need. When you do give don’t be like the Pharisee they did everything out of selfishness. the difference between King David and us is Jesus we have his blood and his life. Children do not give to the parents and God is a parent, as you stated God has no needs but we all do. Yes I give to whoever the Spirit of God says to give. Yes there is a lot of needy people especially in todays time, the only one who can give is the God and we must trust him not man. It is very hard for a lot of people to give because of the circumstance the world is in. As for investing into God’s kingdom the blood of Jesus is my investment.Ben

    • Mark

      Ben, I give to my parent. I just returned from Thanksgiving with them, and since I can’t travel to them in another month, gave gifts to them then. It’s not out of a since of expectation on their part or obligation on mine, but rather to show them in a tangible way I care for them and love them. They have more disposable income than I do, so they don’t need anything. If they have a need, they can just buy what they’re in need of. I give to them because I love them.

      My children give to me. I have a recent college graduate and one in college. They’re broke, and I don’t expect anything from them. I don’t need anything. But they give. Not because I expect it, and not because they’re obligated to. They want to. It’s a tangible way to show that they love me.

      There has been a lot of bad teaching for years regarding giving. Your point about “giving to get” is right on, and pastors and churches who teach that are not teaching the truth of Scripture.

      I disagree it’s about a power grab though, as long as giving is encouraged and performed biblically. That biblical manner is what I read in this article.

      What I read in your response was selfishness and greed. Maybe I misread it, and if so I apologize.

      Suppose, just suppose, that God is in fact wanting to bless someone with a financial gift. Through what medium will He choose to do so? Through us, as His children.

    • Sam

      Thank God the Church doesnt depend on u because if it did the bill wont be paid,electric,insurance,etc…. Who pays for that??? You the church the body the pastor all in one accord in love for our church so that souls can continue getting saved stop using excuses not to give ur greedy.but I bet u give ur money to everything else like urself dude help ur church give!7!!!!

  • humbleone

    Your heart has to be in the right place when you are giving.God loves a cheerful giver.If your heart is not right, then it is better not to give.That is why the poor perfect the act of giving for they give nearly everything they have with gladness.The blessings are received on the alter where the gift was presented.Naked we came in to this world and naked we will return.Love you all.

  • Jed

    Giving is to keep today’s fat cat preachers in the lifestyle of the rich and famous…the money would be better spent helping those in need in some third world countries, without worrying about their denominations or whether they are “christian” or not…helping all humankind would be a good way to put this money to use, as well as preaching the true word of Jesus to these people…leave the long winded snake oil salesmen at home to enjoy their rich congregations!


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