One of the largest debates in church involves giving; monetary giving, in particular. Churches all across America collect money from donors to continue the work of the ministry. In some of these houses of worship, people are freely giving from their hearts. In other houses of worship, men and women are feeling immense pressure to give.
Charitable giving or Biblical giving does not involve pressuring, a sales pitch or anything like that. Biblical giving is more about attitude and perspective.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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 9:6 and 7
Let’s talk perspective first. According to the scriptures, our perspectives on giving should be aligned in this manner, if someone gives sparingly (infrequently or with restrictions) then those people will reap sparingly. But those who give bountifully (without restriction) will reap bountifully. I believe that when we develop the perspective that it is not about the amount we give, but more about the way we give it, our reaping will change. Investing in God’s Kingdom is the greatest investment known to mankind. How so? Simply because there has never been a recession or depression in the Kingdom’s economy. So the more we can sow into the Kingdom without restrictions, the more we will reap without restriction. As this perspective develops in each of us, it will govern our spending habits and the manner in which we consume things.
Biblical giving is about the heart (“each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give). What is in your heart to do? That is indeed a matter of the heart or attitude. The scriptures say that we should not give reluctantly or under compulsion. This means we should not give to be seen, out of fear, to avert penalty, under pressure, or to ward off evil spirits. We also should give to be blessed!
Instead, we should give because we are honored to be a part of what God is doing and what He has done for us. The prodding of many preachers for people to give to the work of the Lord is unbearable at times. Lord help us to give freely as Abraham gave to Melchizedek—in celebration of victory and out of His love for God!
What are your thoughts on Biblical giving?