Christian giving is more than just giving a tithe (a tenth of our income) back to God. It is a spiritual matter that reflects our relationship with God. Giving is an essential part of Christian living. It challenges us to yield our possessions to God’s ownership. In fact, all things in this world belong to God.
‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.
The parable of the poor widow (Mark 12:41-44) beautifully outlines the attitudes of giving: we give because we love God and want to honour Him. God wants to see the proportion we are willing to give based on what we are given.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
All good things come from our heavenly Father. As stewards of God (1 Chronicles 29:14), we have the privilege to take part in giving to demonstrate our love to God. God is no man’s debtor. Everything in the universe is God’s in the first place (1 Chronicles 29:11-12). It is wrong to place God under obligation to us, especially when we give. It is in His nature that He provides everything we need by grace. Having said that, when we choose to give, God will delight in our obedience.
Thank you for investing in the lives of others.