Faith & Finance

Rob West

Giving - It’s Not About the Money

June 23, 2020
00:00 30:20

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Jesus’ words in Matthew 25 reveal the eternal reward for generosity. Surveys show that Christians are generous people and this often involves money. Today, financial planner and teacher Rob West reveals what’s really behind our decision to “give unto others.”

•          Obviously, we give out of obedience. The Bible is clear that we are to be generous, and Christians know this. We also know that we should give out of a sense of gratitude for what God has already given us. Keeping those two things in mind helps us to give for the right reason, as Paul directs in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

•          Giving actually breaks the power of money and possessions that can make us greedy. It’s interesting that secular studies have begun to point this out—that generous people are happier people. Of course, the Bible has stated this plainly for thousands of years. Proverbs 22:9 reads, “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” God obviously cares for the poor and needy, but that’s not the only reason he commands us to be generous. He does so because He knows it’s good for us and believers know that as well.

•          Giving is a form of worship. It’s every bit as worship as is singing songs of praise. And Christians know that they are to give all of themselves. Paul tells us in Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

•          Finally, giving helps us to become more like Jesus, which is the goal of every Christian.

•          Here’s the link to the study about generosity:


On today’s program we also answer your questions:


•           We have two houses. One is paid for. Should we sell the paid-for one to pay off the other? Or should we rent the one to help pay off the outstanding debt on the other house? We need to do this because we need a buy yet another home—a single-story house to actually live in.

•           Should I pay off my mortgage? I’ve saved up enough money to almost pay it off. I’m going to retire in 3 years and we don’t want to stay in this current home. Are there advantages or disadvantages?

•           Should we tithe our COVID-19 stimulus check?


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Faith & Finance is a daily radio ministry hosted by Rob West. The program offers a practical, biblical and good-natured approach to managing your time, talents and resources.

About Rob West

Rob West is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Faith & Finance heard on more than 900 radio outlets each day. Rob also serves as the President of Kingdom Advisors, an international community of financial professionals who are specialists in delivering biblically wise financial advice. Rob serves as primary spokesperson for the organization and gives leadership to organizational strategy.

A radio veteran, Rob previously co-hosted a live, call-in, financial radio program with his father from 1998 through 2008 at WAFG, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob has dedicated his professional career to working at the intersection of faith and finance having led a successful faith-based financial services firm, serving as the host of several radio programs on a biblical approach to finance, and speaking frequently on the topic. Rob and his wife, Julie, live in Marietta, GA with their four children.


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