This is the final part for learning and teaching How to Give. Remember we have to set aside what we can to be ready to give and we need to trust God and bring the whole tithe and he will bless us. I’m sure many of you have given money to something in the past. But, as a Christian, the New Testament tells us four ways to give.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
So, here are four ways to give:
- Sacrificially: A sacrifice means you give up something. For some this will mean eating rice and beans so you can give more. For others it will mean waiting to buy the latest tech toy so you can help someone now. God knows the intent of your giving and is not judging you against someone else’s ability to give.
- Generously: To give generously means you give more than just the leftover change. You purposefully think about what you can give and then you kick it up a notch. It’s that extra bit that makes you smile about how you are helping.
- Willingly: If you give willingly, it means you give without strings. No one has to twist your arm or beg. You see the need and you figure out how you can give generously. And if it means sacrificing something, you do. You don’t keep score.
- Cheerfully: If you give cheerfully, you are giving without harboring ill thoughts about what you could have used the money for (which is probably some material item you don’t really need anyway). It satisfies you to give.
Have you thought about how you give? Have you thought about what keeps you from giving? Perhaps it is not trusting God really will provide. Or, maybe you like to control things and think you know the best way to do things with your money and you miss what God is trying to tell you to do. And then, there is always something that will come up that could keep you from giving. The unexpected doctor’s visit, unplanned expenses at car inspection time, or a great sale on cheese and so you stock up. It’s life and these things happen. But if you have set aside what you can for giving, if you trust God to bless you beyond what you hope for, and if you learn how to give sacrificially, generously, willingly, and cheerfully, then when things come up, you don’t panic. You stick with your plan and give.
It’s okay to talk about money in church. You have to, so people know what the Bible says about it. When approached from a Biblical point of view, people can learn how best to use and give this luxury God has blessed them with. Because look, if we as a church can’t disciple people how best to use their money, the world surely will.