What Does The Bible Say About Business? - Giving

By Kris Seale on July 18, 2016

What does the Bible say about giving for businesses? I can quickly answer that question – NOTHING!  I wish the Bible had some clear guidelines for how businesses should handle charitable giving, donations, and the like – it would certainly make my job easier.  But the fact is, the Bible doesn’t say anything about it!

However, the Bible has a great deal to say about personal giving.  By taking a close look at the verses that talk about giving, we can see that no matter our position in life, we are all called to be givers.  So, I believe that those of us in business leadership positions are called to not only give personally, but to also measure how much our businesses should give – and God seems to leave lots of discretion to us.  Here are 14 Bible verses for us to chew on:

  • Deuteronomy 15:10 – "Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to."
  • Deuteronomy 16:17 – "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you."
  • Proverbs 21:26 – "The righteous gives and does not hold back."
  • Proverbs 11:24-25 – "There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered."
  • Proverbs 22:9 – "He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor."
  • Proverbs 28:27 – "He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses."
  • Malachi 3:10 – "'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,' says the Lord of hosts, 'if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.'" [emphasis added because this is the only place in the Bible where God says to “test Him.”]
  • Matthew 6:3-4 – "But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."
  • Mark 12:41-44 – "And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, 'Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.'"
  • Luke 6:30 – "Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back."
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – "Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed."
  • Luke 6:38 – "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
  • Acts 20:35 – "In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
  • James 2:15-16 – "If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,' and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?"

What can we learn from these verses?

  1. God expects us to give.  Jesus said to His disciples, “when you give” not “if you give” (Matthew 6:3)!  It appears to me that Christian giving is not optional, but rather essential.
  2. God wants us to give for the right reasons. Our Father loves a cheerful giver, not one who gives grudgingly or to be admired by others.
  3. God wants us to not only give to the Church, but to give to those in need.
  4. God wants us to give willingly and freely.  2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion.”
  5. God promises that a generous giver will be blessed and rewarded.  In Malachi, God says through the scriptures that He will, “…pour out for you a blessing until it overflows."

As I said earlier, I wish that the Bible was clear about how businesses should give.  But since it’s not, we as leaders must use our own discretion, with the help of prayer and God’s leading.  With God’s direction, the leadership of our businesses has felt the need to be as generous as we can possibly be.  We truly believe that, through our generosity, God has worked through us to help lots of people and allowed us to receive the benefit of His blessings.  It is our goal to continue to give and give abundantly.  Frankly, I like the sound of having blessings poured over me “until it overflows”!!!

Blessings,

Kris

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