#1: Give Our First and Best
The sacrificial lamb of the O.T. was to be the firstborn of the flock and the farmer was to give the first fruits of the harvest. First refers to chronological position and to the quality of the gift. Our giving is to reflect both the first of our income and the best of it.
#2: Give Faithfully
Paul wrote that it is a requirement for a steward to be found faithful, dependable. (I Cor. 4:2) God and His kingdom should be able to count on us to support the cause through our giving. Paul wrote the Philippians, ..you sent a gift more than once for my needs. They could be counted on to give.
#3: Give Proportionately
Whether one speaks of the O.T. tithe (10%) or the N.T. admonition to give as he may prosper(I Cor. 16:2) the principle is proportionate giving. In II Cor. 8:12: ..it is acceptable to give according to what a person has and not what he does not have.
#4: Give Cheerfully
God loves a cheerful giver. (II Cor. 9:7) The word cheerful is our word for hilarious. God loves a giver who fully embraces the overwhelming joy of participating in the work of the kingdom.
#5: Give Freely
In II Cor. 9:7, Paul makes the point we should give as we purpose in our heart not grudgingly or under compulsion Like the Macedonians we should give freely of our own accord. We should give because we want to, not because we have to.
#6: Give Sacrificially
Paul thanked the Philippians for their gift by saying I..have received ..what you sent..an acceptable sacrifice Our giving is sacrificial when we allow our giving to impact the way we live and use our money.
#7: Give Humbly
Jesus condemned the Pharisees who gave with trumpets sounding, marching pompously through the streets to be seen and recognized by others. He did not condemn public giving (the early church took public offerings) but He desires that we give quietly, without the fanfare that attracts attention to ourselves. It is enough for us to be seen by God.
#8: Give Personally
Paul wrote ..each one of you is to put aside..as he may prosper.. Let each one in your family participate in the act of giving.
#9: Give Regularly
Now concerning the offeringon the first day of the week.. As we receive, give.
#10: Give Expectantly
Paul taught that they who give bountifully will receive bountifully. (II Cor. 9:6) He also said, And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19) Expect God to do wonderful things.