Gift of Giving

 

Illustrated by the life of Matthew

 

Characteristics:

 

      Able to see resources (alert to resources)

      Invest self with gift

      Desire to give high quality

      Hope gift answers prayer

      Desire to give secretly

      Concern that giving will corrupt

      Exercise personal thriftiness (how much did I save?)

      Use gifts to multiply giving

      Confirm amount with counsel

 

Carnal Uses:

 

      Hoarding resources for self

      Using gift to control people

      Forcing higher living standards

      Feeling guilty about personal asset

      Rejecting pressure appeals

      Giving too sparingly to own family

      Giving to projects vs. people

      Causing people to look to him vs. God

      Waiting too long to give