Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth. Grace evokes gratitude like the voice an echo. Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightning.
Obedience to God
We give because God told us to recognizing that it is all his to begin with (Ps. 24:1; Job 41:11). The Bible gives us instructions for financial stewardship that activates our faith. God is after our heart. He wants us to trust him and knows that knows that our resources are connected to our heart and are also a display of faith (Mt. 6:21-24). As we obey the biblical instructions such as offering a tithe (tenth of our income) and offerings we activate our faith. Giving is connected to our heart and is an act of love and worship.
Gratitude in Response to Jesus
We have experienced the radical generosity of God in Jesus (2 Cor. 8:9). Jesus gave himself fully to the point of death in order that we may have life. Jesus rescued us from sin, satan and death. Our natural response is gratitude; generous gratitude. We handle our finances in response to the generosity of Jesus.
Using Temporary Resources for an Eternal Kingdom
We want our life and the resources of our life to last beyond this life. None of our possessions will last but when we contribute to the work of Jesus then we can participate in something that has eternal purposes. We give recognizing that it is the only way for our temporary resources to make a difference that lasts for eternity.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
– Jesus (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV)
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
– Jim Elliot