1. Definition:

    1. Spiritual need to give to others.

    2. To entrust personal assets to others for the furtherance of their ministry - time, money, and possessions to advanced the work of the Lord.

    3. Laying down financially of his life for others.

  2. A giver must: (Rom. 12:13)

    1. Give freely to the total needs of fellow saints.

    2. Take a genuine interest in the needs of strangers - given to hospitality.

  3. Giver motive weaknesses:

    1. Greatest weakness - manipulation.

    2. Needs to fear the Lord to undo manipulation.

    3. Needs to understand God's ownership - freedom to respond to God's direction.

    4. Tends to have trouble gaining freedom from a temporal value system.

  4. Traits:

    1. Gift:

      1. Likes to give secretly - wants recipient to look to the Lord for provision.

      2. Knows that future rewards are better than present praise.

      3. May be an intercessor because can do things in secret.

      4. Sensitive to needs generally overlooked by others.

      5. Wants ministry of others to be as effective as possible.

      6. Does not need pressure appeals to give.

      7. Needs to obey instantly the Holy Spirit to see joy of God providing when needed through him.

      8. Joyful when his gift is the specific answer to receiver's prayer.

      9. Needs confirmation from partner for amount to give.

      10. Ultimate joy and confirmation if his gift fulfilled an unknown need.

      11. His gift must be the best he can give and of good quality - wants gift to last.

      12. Likes to feel apart of the ministries and lives of the people that he shares with.

      13. First gives himself then gives his gift to God.

    2. Abilities:

      1. Ability to gain assets through wise purchases and investments.

      2. Ability to see resources - exercise personal thriftiness - look for the best buys.

      3. Testifies of his giving and blessings from giving to motivate others to give.

      4. Encourages others to give - experience joy and spiritual growth through sacrificial giving.

      5. Ability to make quick decisions regarding the immediate needs of others.

      6. Concern that giving can corrupt.

      7. Understands destructiveness of 'love of money'.

      8. Looks for ways of giving that avoid dependency, slothfulness, or extravagance.

  5. Dangers and misunderstandings:

    1. Gift:

      1. Overlooks long range goals in meeting immediate needs.

      2. May attempt to control receivers of his gift.

    2. Attitudes:

      1. Being proud of his giving.

      2. Can cause people to look to him not to God if he shares amounts that he gives.

      3. Must focus on people's needs not project or can build a memorial to his giving.

      4. Measuring another's spiritual growth by their financial success or lack.

      5. May force receivers to be dissatisfied with their own possessions because of the quality of his giving.

      6. Can have a 'temporal value' attitude from dealing with large amounts of money.

      7. Can hoard resources for self.

      8. May feel guilty about own personal assets - needs Lord's assurance that he is in God's will financially.

      9. Not responding to pressure appeals may appear as a lack of giving.

      10. Pressuring others to give appears as lack of own responsibility to give.

      11. Can so react to pressure appeals that can miss needs and opportunity to counsel on finances.

      12. May appear to be cheap with family and friends - selfish and tight with money.

      13. Needs to have same care, concern, delight in meeting family's needs.


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Created: 7/9/99
Updated: 5/28/2011