So, did anyone else get overwhelmed with emails and texts on Giving Tuesday? How about year-end giving emails? I did not know half of the groups that sent me a request for a “charitable donation of any amount.” I found it fascinating, and it gave me pause and thankfulness to our generous church family.
Although we need to be instructed about giving and service as part of our worship of God, we should not beg, pressure, or seek to cause fear or guilt to raise financial support for God’s house. We trust that God will supply our financial needs as we seek diligently to be good stewards of all His resources. We believe that when God guides, He provides. Paul writes, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” What a great promise from Philippians 4:19.
But we have also seen that generosity multiplies our capacity for ministry. So, we do encourage a culture of generous giving. You and I should give obediently to God, according to His calling, generously, and according to a good conscience with a pure heart.
The reality is that the vision for ministry always exceeds our capacity for ministry. But we trust that if each of us takes the responsibility of stewardship personally, God will multiply our means and provide the capacity to do things that may seem impossible. Paul again writes, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
Regular, ongoing, generous giving to God as an act of worship and faithful stewardship is essential to the Christian’s life, and He honors it. There is great joy in partnering together for the work of the ministry. Our capacity to reach more people increases as the generosity of our fellowship grows. Remember, you can’t out-give God. He owns it all. Step out in faithfulness in your giving, and watch what the Lord does!
Always remember that what and how you give is between you and God; no one else needs to know. Jesus said, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:3–4) Thank you all for your generosity!