Giving away what we have is a privilege.
It’s a way for us to reflect in some small way the generosity God has shown us in Jesus: that while he had everything, he gave it all away for us, so that we might have what we could never earn on our own – a relationship with God.
So the way we talk about money – and the way we use our money – is a response to God’s grace.
Not a response to feeling guilty or manipulated, or feeling that God will bless us if we give to him – as if he needs anything from us. Giving is about participating in what God is doing in the world, and having the opportunity to show generosity to those around us.