I have been reading the Padre’s blog for a while now. Today I came across this post that I think all ministers and laity should consider. There is tremendous sacrifice and dependency that accompanies giving. I was thinking about the possibility of preaching about this subject before Christmas at our church. I generally preach about stewardship in January; and still may.
I think this article is good because it is not me saying it. So if you know me you will understand that I am always uneasy about teaching or preaching this subject. I would much rather someone else do it.
Here is my struggle. I love our people enough that I want them to know God’s power and will for giving freely. Yet, I don’t want anyone to think that I am pushing them to do something that appears to benefit me or the church. Giving benefits the giver for eternity while receiving benefits the recipient for the time being. Yet, both are taken care of by God. Both receive from God when people give.
It is hard to really know the Lord if you do not take part in giving. I know I may have a comment come in and tell me that I have a poor understanding of God’s love. Well, I disagree. God is a Giver. Giving is the heart of God. We are to be imitators of Christ who freely gave.
Now, everyone can see from this article what type of faith some of us live by. I have had to live by faith in God first, and in God’s people being obedient second. This is where the rubber meets the road as a Christian as far as I am concerned. Faith in God who can supply our needs grows and matures us when we must rely upon Him. Yet, many who are financially comfortable and don’t give much struggle to learn about God’s heart of giving and sacrifice.
I will be writing soon about sacrifice too. Because sacrifice is not just for the missionary or the third world person. God calls us all to sacrifice. I would invite you to meditate about sacrifice and giving during this time of the year that spend money upon those who already have it and neglect those who don’t.