As Christians, we know that giving is a spiritual act of faith, worship and love for God. My wife and I haven’t always been consistent givers in the past but thankfully, today, this is very much a part of our relationship with the God.
Sometimes we encounter financial challenges either by our own doing or simply because of unexpected expenses. It would be easy for us to stop giving and manage money our way. But we are determined to stay committed, faithful and continue to give out of our love and trust in God and faith in that He will provide.
We’ve been challenged many times, even through a job lay-off, but are happy to say we have persevered and never decided to pause our giving. God has met each challenge and provided a way and resources needed. We are so thankful.
I recently wrapped up another Financial Peace University class at our church and I recall Dave Ramsey saying the following about giving:
- The only way to have financial peace is to manage money with an open hand
- Because we are designed in God’s image, we are most happy when serving and giving
- Give as a reminder of ownership, praise and worship, and spiritual warfare
- Give first in your monthly budget
Such good points!
There are a few verses from the Bible that remind me of the importance of having a proper attitude in our giving:
- If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3 , NIV)
- Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV)
Having the proper attitude in our giving is crucial. God doesn’t want us to give if we’re doing so grudgingly. Remember, it’s all God’s money anyway. He has all He needs, but He really desires a loving and trusting relationship with us! Giving is a great way to grow this relationship and be reminded He is the owner.
How can you be reminded to be cheerful givers in worshiping the Lord? The next time you write your check, give to your church online, or even place money in the offering plate, remember you are giving to further The ministry of Jesus.