Planned, wise and obedient generosity is a virtue commended in the Scripture. A passionate follower of Christ is that kind of giver. This giving is compassionate, empowering and healthy. It is this kind of giving that is feeding the hungry in Haiti, caring and educating children in Bangladesh, sending missionaries and church planters in unreached areas of the world and supporting your local church’s ministries.
“Where ever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21, NLT
Where your heart is, is something that Christ is very interested in. Giving reflects what God is doing in our hearts. Giving also reflects what we think of God’s using our lives.
The Scripture teach giving:
- To care for and help reduce the suffering of the poor. “You, LORD God, bless everyone who cares for the poor, and you rescue those people in times of trouble.” Psalm 41:1, CEV
- To support those called and sent by the church as missionaries and plant churches. “The Master directed that those who spread the Message be supported by those who believe the Message.” 1 Corinthians 9:14, Message
- To support the local ministries of the Church. “Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17, ESV
Tomorrow: How we give.
Peace and Joy