Joyful Giver

We become Joyful Givers  by...

  •  Living with a generous heart and mind
  • Providing faithful tithes and offerings to support ministries of St. John and beyond
  • Displaying a humble spirit which doesn’t rely upon recognition
  • Giving to benefit others while being responsible to his or her own household. 

Joyful Giver Reading Plan

Joyful Giver DAY 1/28: 

God is the First Giver. 

Genesis 1:1-31 GW

Prayer: Thank you, God, for the world and everything in it. You have given us so much. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 2/28: 

God places man in the beautiful garden, a gift of His generosity! 

Genesis 2:1-17 GW

Prayer: You are generous beyond measure, O God. Help me to reflect that to all those around me every day. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 3/28: 

A beautiful definition of God’s gift of marriage. 

Genesis 2:18-25 GW

Prayer: Help me to honor my spouse, and to show the world how much Christ loves the Church; in Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 4/28:

Our disobedience ruins relationships and hurts creation itself. But even in the face of rebellion, God promises to give us a Savior.

Genesis 3:1-21  NLT

Prayer: Thank you for our Savior, O God. Your generosity knows no bounds! Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 5/28:

Cain and Abel bring their gifts to God, but only Abel is commended, while Cain is banished from God’s presence. 

Genesis 4: 1-16 NLT

Prayer: Help me, O God to give without expecting recognition, but in faith and love for you. Amen.


Joyful Giver DAY 6/28:

 Abraham’s response to Melchizedek’s blessing is the first biblical reference to a tithe. Genesis 4:17-24 NLT

Prayer: Dear Father, help me to honor you in my giving. Help me to remember your loving care and to be joyful in my giving. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 7/28:

The people brought all kinds of gifts to build and furnish the tabernacle. 

Exodus 35: 4-29 NLT

Prayer: Nothing is too good for you, O God. Help me to give my best to you for the cause of your kingdom; through Jesus my Lord. Amen.  


Joyful Giver DAY 8/28:

Moses has to tell the people to bring no more gifts for the tabernacle.

Exodus 35:30- 36:7 GW

Prayer: Move our hearts, O God, to be so generous that your house overflows with the resources to further your kingdom.  


Joyful Giver DAY 9/28:

King David inspires his people by his own generosity. 

1 Chronicles 29: 1-9 GW

Prayer: Thank you, O God, for those who are generous and who inspire us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 10/28: 

David rejoiced greatly and thanked God for the people’s generosity.

1 Chronicles 29:9-19 ESV

Prayer: May my giving bring thanks to God and joy to other’s hearts; through Jesus my Lord. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 11/28:

We joyfully give to the Lord because of all his blessings to us. 

Psalm 116:12-19 ESV

Prayer: For your gifts and blessings I give thanks to you and offer my joyful gifts for your glory, O Lord; through Jesus my Savior. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 12/28:

God promises great blessings to faithful and joyful givers. 

Malachi 3:6-12 ESV

Prayer: Help me to be faithful in my offerings, just as you are faithful and gracious to pour out your blessings to me; in Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 13/28:

Jesus teaches that giving never something we brag about. 

Matthew 5:13-16; 6: 1-4 GW

Prayer: Let me boast only in your love shown in Jesus, O God. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 14/28:

Seek God’s kingdom. He will provide all your needs. 

Matthew 6:25-33 ESV

Prayer: Thank you, O God for flowers and birds, and for their reminder of your gracious care for all you have made; in Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 15/28: 

Three parables describe God’s kingdom’s value and our value to the King. 

Matthew 13: 44-52 NLT

Prayer: Thank you for purchasing me from Satan’s grasp. Help me, Lord Jesus, to value your reign and rule above all else. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 16/28: 

Joyful giving is one way we can show our love for God. 

Matthew 19:16-30 ESV

Prayer: We have so much, Lord Jesus. Help us to trust in you and not our wealth. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 17/28:

God calls us to be thankful for his gifts rather than resentful of what others receive from him. 

Matthew 20: 1-16 NLT

Prayer: You are good and generous, O Lord. Help me always rejoice in that – whether to me or to others; through Jesus, my Lord. Amen.  


 Joyful Giver DAY 18/28: 

Jesus’ teaching about paying taxes is also a reminder of our responsibility to God. 

Matthew 22:15-22 NLT

Prayer: Help me, Lord Jesus, to give the government its due, and to give you all honor. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 19/28:

We give joyfully to God’s glory and not man’s praise. 

Matthew 23:1-12 GW

Prayer: May I never use my religion as a reason not to help others; through my Lord

Jesus Christ. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 20/28: 

Invest God’s gifts for his glory, not hiding them in faithless fear.

Matthew 25:14-30 GW

Prayer: Thank you for entrusting me with time, money, influence, and skills. Help me use them joyfully for your glory and my neighbor’s good. 


Joyful Giver DAY 21/28: 

There is no joy in a life of greed and love of money. 

Matthew 26:14-16, 47-56; 27:3-10 GW

Prayer:  You are more valuable than silver or gold, Lord Jesus! Giving to your glory brings true joy. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 22/28:

Zacchaeus was small in stature but larger than life in his response to Jesus’ salvation. Luke 19: 1-10 NLT

Prayer: Thank you for people who do the right thing – even after having done the wrong thing for years. Help me to follow their lead; through Jesus my Lord. Amen.  


Joyful Giver DAY 23/28:

 The widow’s offering was large in her heart, bringing great joy to Jesus. 

Luke 21:1-4 NLT

Prayer: May my giving reflect my trust in you, Lord Jesus, and bring you joy. Amen.  


Joyful Giver DAY 24/28: 

Love is extravagant and brings joy to the hearts of those who love Jesus. 

Matthew 26:6-13 ESV

Prayer: May I never be afraid of honoring you too much, or giving you extravagant gifts, Lord Jesus! Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 25/28: 

Our giving shows the genuineness of our love.

2 Corinthians 8:1-24 ESV

Prayer: Your love was shown in Jesus, O God. Help us to show our love for you and our neighbor by our joyful giving. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 26/28: 

God loves a cheerful giver. 

2 Corinthians 9:1-15 GW

Prayer: Thank you for providing for all my needs. Help me to be generous on every occasion; through my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 27/28:

God promises that when we give, we will be rewarded. 

Luke 6:27-38 ESV

Prayer: Thank you for the abundance of your daily provision. Help me to give joyfully; in Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Joyful Giver DAY 28/28: 

Jesus teaches us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. 

Acts 20: 32-35 ESV

Prayer: I have received so many blessings, Lord Jesus. Help me to discover the blessing of joyful giving. Amen.