Giving Back to God

How can we be good stewards of everything God has given us?

Life can sometimes take us by storm! We worry about bills, taxes, or student loans constantly.

What would Jesus do if He was in our shoes? Jesus himself paid taxes. Yes, that’s right. Hard to believe isn’t it? In Matthew 17:24-27, we learn that Jesus did indeed pay taxes.

The problems we have in the United States are not only true for the poor. The problems are within everyone, including the very wealthy. Just this week I heard on the news that two very prominent A-list celebrities didn’t pay their taxes for years! And yet, they chose to blame others for their mistake. On April 14, no matter who you are, it’s your responsibility to pay your taxes.

Not being a steward of the resources God has given us is a sin. Once you know right from wrong, you are accountable for any sin. I understand, and so does our Lord, that for some families giving can be hard. We should, as Christians, be good stewards. That includes a budget depicting expenses. Those being rent/mortgage, electricity, food, and any other extras we have the funds for. We can please God by being wise when it comes to our finances.

Perhaps the most important thing to include in our budgets is giving back to God. Sadly, the church often comes as an afterthought. Jesus said 10% of your income should go to Him.

However, giving back to God can be so much more than just tithing 10%! Personally, I follow my heart. Look around. Jesus himself said to give to the poor. He said feed and clothe them. We can give back by cleaning our closets and giving clothing to the needy. We can volunteer our time too! Give a homeless person a sandwich or set up a soup kitchen in a park. Cooking a meal and taking a plate to an elderly neighbor counts as being a tithing Christian.

God doesn’t just check the church’s bank account – He sees everything you do. Christ is Omniscient. He is all Knowing. He knows when out of your heart you give what you have. And believe me, he makes note of it.

Give out of a humble heart. God is called the Father because he is our father. What does a father do when his children have disobeyed the rules of the house? He disciplines them. Study the Bible hard and get into prayer life. Make him a major part of your life – the number one part of it. It’s my practice to make sure no one knows what I give to the Lord or His people. It’s between me and God. Christ wants you to give out of your loving heart. He wants you to spread the Word and give in humbleness and joy, not in pride.

When you give, don’t be under the impression that you are helping these people. Instead, remember that you are the hands and feet of Jesus. Give in His name. When you’re giving, why not give to them and have a meaningful conversation? A motivational Christian one. One of compassion. Be Christ Like!

So as you give, whether it be an act of kindness, giving to the church, a woman at the grocery store that didn’t have enough money, sending finances to Saint Jude’s research center or any Christian Charity, or simply a person in need, keep it between you and Christ. This is because to reap your blessings you must humble yourself to a point that you inevitably try to the best of your abilities become Christ-like. Humble yourself and ask God to give you a humble heart- a compassionate heart. One without judgment, one without malice, and one that truly wants to walk the walk that Christ walked. Blessings beyond imagination will be bestowed upon you. Not on this temporary earth, but in eternal life.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

All this is for your benefit, so that you may grow in the knowledge and faith of Jesus Christ our Lord. ALLELUIA!

17 thoughts on “Giving Back to God

  1. This article is a great reminder of how we all as people should be.
    Giving, sharing & helping others from within our hearts is what Jesus wanted from us. Not for pride or praise.
    Thankyou
    Great job Tina Leann Bice

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    1. Thank you Mindy for liking the article and understanding that giving isn’t for pride or praise. It’s for those in need and sometimes for us as to provide joy and peace/positive energy in our lives. It makes me feel so much better when I give back because what Christ has done for me in my life and given me I should indeed Share and pay it forward. You Mindy are such a great positive influence and wonderful Christ like person. I am blessed to have you as my friend.

      In Christ Jesus,
      TinaLeAnn Bice

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  2. I’m inspired to see articles like this…and TinaLeAnn Bice is such a consistently good writer, who always makes one think to the positive. How refreshing to see someone really talking about giving back…or giving to those in need. It almost seems as though harsh behaviors have become normalized, and reminders like this move me.

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    1. Also Chip I forgot to mention that you have to be one of the most positive if not the most positive person I know. You and Terry are wonderful friends and a blessing in my life and so many others.
      TinaLeAnn Bice

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  3. Great article, Tina! We forget that these lives we lead include billions of other people we may not know or will ever meet, but we all have the ability to impact their lives. Pay it forward. If Jesus was here now I believe he would be trying to help anyone who needed help.

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    1. Paul,
      Your right if Jesus were here today the message would be the same. Anyone and everyone would be loved, helped, cared for and he would see no difference. It is so easy to get caught up in our busy lives today and forget his simple messages. Thank you for your beautiful comment and being such a wonderful person.

      In Christ Jesus,
      TinaLeAnn Bice

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  4. What a refreshing article! I like the work of TinaLeAnn Bice. She always has articles inspiring pleasant thoughts, and this is no exception. It’s great to see the reminder to give back, or give to those in need, and putting aside proper donations to the Church. It seems we are living in a day and age where rather harsh behavior is almost normalized, so this article moved me.

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    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. It means so much to me for the readers to have a pleasant experience and after reading my article to walk away feeling better, with hope rather than feeling like their bad bad People. After all we all are sinners and my articles are to help not to judge. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and for receiving what I wrote as a positive. God bless you always.

      In Christ Jesus,
      TinaLeAnn Bice

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  5. Beautifully stated article. For those who haven’t been given the gift of faith or may struggle with your belief, you can also look at this as a statement on karma. Giving selflessly in any form and from your heart can bring you closer to God. And it’s not bad for your karma score either! Haha Very nicely written Ms. Bice, thank you!

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    1. Mike,
      I appreciate the wonderful words of not only complements you have given me but just taking the time to read my writing and commenting. Karma does come back around you are correct. What we project to the world is usually what we get back. Can you imagine what a wonderful world it would be if everyone in it loved, cared and protected as Christ did?

      Thank you again for the beautiful comment!
      In Christ Jesus,
      TinaLeAnn Bice

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    1. I am so glad that not only you liked the article but that you received a message from God. That makes me so happy! God bless you Judy! He does listen and he is with you always! When we go through tough times he carries us through them.

      In Christ Jesus,
      TinaLeAnn Bice

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    2. Judy you know true friends are forever friends. Jesus is your true friend and forever friend. So am I!
      TinaLeAnn Bice

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  6. Tina, What an wonderful article!! It touched so many relevant topics! I really loved it. I got a couple messages from it. Thank you dear 😘 Things to remember.

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