Giving is an act of worship. Why? When you see the generosity of God in the gospel—that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son to serve and love and save us—our generosity becomes a response of thanks and praise to what we have already received in Christ. Faithful and generous giving glorifies God and directly empowers worship, community, ministry, and mission in our church, our community, and our world.
The Apostle Paul writes, “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 Co 9:7) Followers of Jesus prayerfully plan their giving. We give our first and our best—not our leftovers! But when we do, we find how much better it truly is to give than receive. No longer bound by our possessions and the never-ending pursuit of “more,” we find the freedom and joy that a generous life brings. We can be greedy with a lot of money or a little, but we can also be generous with a lot of money or a little. It’s not about the amount or the percentage given…it’s about the heart.
- Remember the gospel.
- Prayerfully make a plan.
- Enjoy the freedom of a generous life in Christ!