For this stewardship season, I am going to talk about why I give. I give because it is the most basic human thing for me to do – it could be my treasure, time, and talent. I am still trying to figure out what my REAL talents are though. I currently serve as an elder, and it the most rewarding thing I have ever done while being a member of this church. I appreciate the love and support I receive from my family and circle of friends, which has made life living a joy. Because out of this abundance of support and love, it makes it easy for me to give more of my time and treasure.
Several stories in the Bible show how it is more beneficial to give than to receive. I have learned that in their giving they received a greater reward in the end. Their giving was not easy. When the apostles had forgone their lives for the sake of the ministries, they left behind a life of comfort for the known or perhaps the unimaginable. They gained life everlasting with Christ. When the poor widow with next to nothing gave her all, the acknowledgment she receives was beyond the last few coins she gave. When Jesus gave his life for my sake, it gives me hope of a life beyond death. That was the ultimate selfless act of love that is beyond my understanding. On a human level, there are measures of selfishness in my giving, i.e., my derived joy, which is private to me. Opportunity to count my blessings and knowing my giving matters.
Not all the time is giving easy. We have our competing needs or wants – for instance, I have student loans to consider, saving up for that long overdue vacation, and just everyday expenses and more. I read somewhere about Why God wants us to give – that the giving up something we might need is a move of trust; evidence that we believe that He could do it all over –and that in his time he will provide for every one of our needs. We cannot give to bribe God, but we continue to give with the hope and trust that God will continue to meet our needs according to his riches in Glory.
When you are contemplating to give, consider this passage – (2 Corinthians 9:7) Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as YOU have decided in YOUR heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. Thanks be to God!
by Ibidun Awoyale