“Why do you give?”

BibleMoneySomeone ask me recently, “Why do you give?” Talking about the practice of giving a percentage of our income to our church & other ministries. My answer: Well, I WAS TAUGHT the discipline by my parents when I started mowing yards for $7 a piece at the age of 10 years old. They’d help me count my money out that needed to go in the envelope at church each Sunday. I obediently practiced THE DISCIPLINE, hesitantly at times, as I opened my first bank account & started my first job in my teen & college years. Over the years, I’ve experienced THE PROMISE of God to care for needs of the generous over & over again. Now, I can say I know THE JOY of giving as I see my money pooled with others for the good of God’s mission & the JOY of others. Now, if I didn’t give, I’d feel naked.

Giving should be TAUGHT, as a DISCIPLINE, so that people can know the PROMISES of God, for the sake of their own JOY & the joy of others.  

[from this quarter’s Contribution Statement letter from our church]

It’s my belief that giving isn’t primarily about my church’s budget, but my heart’s obedience & worship. The Bible commends regular, sacrificial, & cheerful giving to us as a way of life. Our church offers us the opportunity to pool our obedient giving together for the sake of a common mission. Church is about obedient hearts coming together.

Each quarter our church sends out contribution statements that give us an opportunity to examine our own obedience:

  • Have I given regularly? (1 Corinthians 16:2) If not, pick a regular rhythm to begin giving. Once per month, once per week, each time you’re paid, etc.
  • Have I given sacrificially? (Malachi 3:10) The Old Testament commands & Jesus commended 10% of our income. In the New Testament many gave all they had. Pick a % of your income that would be sacrificial & try giving it regularly & see how God honors His promises.  
  • Have I given cheerfully? (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) Is there an enthusiasm in my heart about the opportunity to grow God’s kingdom & put my faith in God’s promises?

Giving has an impact on others, sure, but its greatest impact has been on me.

Posted on April 11, 2016, in Devotional. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Your main statement says it so well. Thank you for the post! I want to be a cheerfully obedient giver.

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