The lingering fear behind our lack of giving is the concern that we wont have enough. Often our hearts long to give more, because we were designed to give, but our sinful minds whisper lies about scarcity. Forced to ask ourselves if we really trust God, giving pushes us to discover the continual generosity of God to always supply our needs.
Decide and Do
Becoming a giver is a matter of discipline. Upon evaluating our income, along with our necessities, God asks us to decide how much we want to give and then make a commitment to follow through. Giving must become a discipline based on commitment, not a reaction to ups and downs.
Everything We Have
We often wonder how much we really should give. The story of the poor widow and her two mites is a great passage to see the warning God has for us in giving, the value He sees in all giving, and the source from which He truly wants us to give from. When we get these right, we’ll know how much to give.
It is common to believe that we give our time, money, and energy to the things our heart is most connected to. Jesus alerts us to the reality that our heart actually follows where we invest, rather than our investments following our heart. Get your investments right and your heart will follow.
The Power of Possessions
Accumulation of things dominates our consumer driven culture. Comfort and convenience are now regarded as necessity. The problem with possessions is not that we have things, but so often those things have us. We become the ones possessed. Jesus wants us free from the power of our possessions so we can use them for the work of God.
Grace Makes Givers
We often think we’ll become better givers the moment we have more. A little extra in the bank, more space in the schedule. The reality is, we only become givers when we fully appreciate how much we ourselves have been given.
For the Love of God
Living the mission God has given every believer demands a deep motivation to sustain the effort. The call to love God with all your being as well as loving your neighbor as yourself is overwhelming without lasting motivation. God’s love for you, found in Jesus Christ, is a motivation that gives you eternal motivation.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Mission to the Outsider
Many people seeking Jesus feel like an outsider. And many times their life has made them an outsider with God. The problem for the disciple making mission is when people treat outsiders like they don’t belong. Every person is first in the company of sinners, in need of God’s grace, which means we all are outsiders. To reach the outsiders, disciples must make every effort to show them God’s grace.