1. It Demonstrates God Is First In Our Lives
The truth is, if He is not first in every area of our lives, including finances, He’s not first at all. It is a spiritual impossibility to be a totally devoted follower of Christ without being completely surrendered in our finances (Matthew 6:24).
2. When We Give To The Church, We Give To God
Giving to the church is giving to God, and He has been very good to us. He has chosen us, adopted us, redeemed us, and brought us to this community of believers. Everything we have is a gift from God (Psalm 24:1), and giving to the church is an opportunity to express gratitude for what He has done, and to bring back to Him what is His anyway.
3. Giving To The Church Counters Our Selfish Tendencies
We all are naturally selfish. We enjoy things, and our tendency is to want more stuff than we really need. Giving to the church helps us resist greed and selfishness. It challenges us to sacrifice some of our own wants and desires. In Matthew 6:21 Jesus said your heart will follow your treasure, so every gift to the church helps our hearts falls a little more in love with the people, the mission, and the Lord of the church. And, our hearts fall a little more out of love with the temporary stuff of this world.
4. God Blesses Us When We Give To The Church
God’s promise in Malachi 3:10-12 is that when we bring the tithe (10% of what we earn or are given) to the storehouse (the local house of God), heaven opens up and God pours more blessing into our lives than we can contain. It isn't hard to see the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. So many times God has provided for us financially, and He has blessed our lives in countless other ways as well. Most of us are living proof that you can never out give God!
5. There Is No Better Investment On Planet Earth Than The Church
No other organization has been operating continuously for 2,000 years, and no other organization will continue to exist throughout eternity. Other organizations are doing good work, but there simply is not any organization with more potential to change the world than the church of Jesus Christ. The church is where lost people are saved, hopeless people find hope, addicted people are set free, broken people are restored, hungry people are fed, and rejected people are accepted. The most beautiful thing about what happens in the church is that God gets glory for it all, because the church is His.