Why They Were Liberal
| The early church was
liberal in their giving. They most certainly were not liberal like some
today who want to change the doctrine and church of Christ to accommodate
the denominations. But they gave freely of their means in support of the
cause of Christ.
Paul said the Macedonians first gave themselves. One who has truly given himself to the Lord will find liberal giving of his means a natural. They realized what they had was not their own since all things belong to God and they were merely temporary caretakers of that which had placed in their trust and care. They knew they would someday give an account for what they did.
God's ownership and our stewardship are two things repeatedly affirmed in Scripture. When we realize this we will also give as prospered, freely, liberally, cheerfully as God would have us do..