So, I have resisted writing about why I give for some time now. I think it is because, perhaps, I have been concerned that my approach may be seem overly simplistic and maybe even cliche. You see, the main reason I give of my financial resources is because God said to. Really. It is that simple. But let me back up a bit and clarify…
First, there are more than 2000 references to money in our Bible. That’s a lot! In fact, about four times the number of references relating to prayer. So, I am thinking what I do with money is important, not only materially but spiritually as well. When I read through the Old Testament I find that giving the first and best of what people owned, as a sacrifice was a required as part of Worship. It was not optional. It wasn’t really optional in the New Testament either, I just kind of assumed that we would be giving out of gratitude and appreciation for all that God has done for us through Christ.
I think we all know down deep that all we have really belongs to God. Through His grace and mercy we get to use the resources He generously puts before us. He has always promised and continues to promise us that He will provide as we have need if we just trust in Him.
I have found that in my own life, giving is a critical part of the rhythm of my faith. I remember learning that to be part of a church meant giving of my time, talents and resources. It is just what we do, part of how we care for each other and living proof of our willingness to rely on God. I give, trusting God, that He is faithful to His promise of care and provision in my life. He said so and even told us we can test him on this one thing (See Malachi 3:10).
Practically speaking, giving liberates me from the worries and fears that cause me to want and hoard. It allows me to open my eyes to see God working in places I had not expected. What I do with money may say more about me than I sometimes want it to, but giving sacrificially, even when I am not sure what the outcome will be always says, “I trust you Lord.” And that’s what I want my life to say.
Your brother in Christ,