Faithful Giving, Pt 1: Faithful Giving flows from Relationship with God
- Faithful giving flows from your relationship with God.
- Faithful giving is in proportion to your resources of money, time and talent.
- Faithful giving is regular. Giving may include extra opportunities to stretch.
- Faithful giving to additional causes is great.
- Faithful giving satisfies a deep spiritual hunger.
When you give to your church, what are you doing and why are you doing it? Are you paying the pastor for the job they do (with your giving reflecting how well she does the job)? Are you helping keep the lights on, clean and repair the building, pay the insurance bill? Are you co-sponsoring our ministries to people of poverty and homelessness in the neighborhood?
In a practical sense, yes, those are some of the effects of your giving.
HOWEVER, that is a consumer’s perspective on giving, not a disciple’s perspective on giving.
A disciple (a learning, growing, follower of Jesus) gives because of a deepening relationship with God. Giving--sharing--is just as central a part of one’s faith as prayer, worship, and service. It is a part of the ongoing conversation with God that is your life.
A prayer about it might go like this:
God, you are my Creator and my ultimate Provider.
All that I am and all that I have is really because of you.
You promised to always be with me--no matter what--loving, sustaining, and forgiving me along the way. I breathe because you give me breath!
You have been worthy of my trust. Thank you for the way trust wins out over fear.
While I might fear sometimes that I am not enough, and that I don’t have enough, you keep assuring me that isn’t true. All the little holy surprises that came out of nowhere and supported me “one day more” show me how you carry me through even the worst of times.
And so my response
is to get past my fear of scarcity and give back
. This is my promise, my “covenant,” my part of our relationship. You’ve asked for my prayers, my worship, and my offerings. This is about US. Amen.