We love because God first loved us. 1st John 4:19
We give as a way of saying thanks for the love of God we know in Christ.
Do I need to give?
There is a famous lake in Israel called the Dead Sea. It is dead because the Jordan River flows into it, but nothing flows out of it. This lake, which only receives, is dead.
There is another famous lake in Israel called the Sea of Galilee. It receives from the Jordan River in the north and then sends that water out to the south. It is alive because it receives and gives.
It is like that with people, too. In Christ, through the Holy Spirit, God continuously infuses you with grace. But if you only receive, you die. If you receive and give, you flourish. What do you think: do you need to give?
This and other topics are explored in the document called Stewardship FAQ (Faithfully Asked Questions). Download it below.