Giving is not just about the giving of money it’s about giving our whole selves to God. “ you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, all your mind, and with all your strength.” Mark 10: 30 (NRSV)
Christian giving is not primarily about balancing the books of the Church, it is about resourcing God’s work, resourcing God's mission, which every Christian is called to join in. Are people excited about what your church is doing? Are they motivated to give to God’s work in the local community and your vision for the Church?
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”
(Matthew 28: 19-20 NRSV)
The giving of money is an essential ingredient of Christian discipleship. Discipleship which excludes graceful giving is diminished. Our giving is also a reflection of our love of God and an expression of our gratitude for His most precious gift, ‘the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ.' “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3: 16). Giving is a spiritual issue which goes to the heart of being a Christian.
Christian giving is an expression of the grace of God.
“We want you know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.” 2 Corinthians 8: 1-2 (NRSV)