Giving is Biblical. Christians are to be generous with our time and treasure. God empowers us to live above the sins of covetousness and greed. Do you practice these four types of Biblical giving?
Alms is anything given to relieve the poor. It could be money, food, clothing, shelter, etc. God expects for us to look for the needs of the less fortunate and fulfill them as He leads us by His Holy Spirit. Recently, a few men in our church noticed that a family that drives a long distance to come to our church had bald tires on their vehicle. Those men privately gave money to purchase tires. The beneficiaries don’t even know who provided the funds. That is alms.
A meal bought for a hungry man would be alms. So would a coat bought to protect a child from the cold. Groceries that are given to a family that no income. These are all examples of alms. When is the last time you saw a need and quietly fulfilled it?
Build some money into your budget so you can be a blessing as God brings needs to your attention.
Matthew 6:1–4 “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”
Abraham tithed before the Law. Moses penned it in the Law. Jesus commended it in the New Testament. Yes, you should Tithe. The Tithe is (more…)