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Willing To Give

Willing To Give

30 January 2010

Today’s Reading: Exodus 25-27; Acts 6

Scripture:

1 God spoke to Moses: 2 “Tell the Israelites that they are to set aside offerings for me. Receive the offerings from everyone who is willing to give.” (Exodus 25:1-2 The Message)

I’m thinking this morning that giving is to originate in the heart of a willing worshiper and that it is never to be motivated by guilt, by manipulation, or by superstition. Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. Both giving and receiving are blessed, but willing, worshipful giving is most blessed of all.

Friends, forgive me if this seems preachy, but giving is too important not to explore scripturally, think seriously, and form substantial faith-convictions about. Here are some of my thoughts:
• I believe in the discipline of systematic giving. I’m not sensitive enough to the Spirit to rely entirely on “promptings” as the basis for giving.
• I believe in tithing and giving systematically to my church and to God’s work. There have been seasons when this was kind of legalistic for me, but as I mature I see the wisdom in the discipline, pattern, and flow of it.
• I believe in giving joyfully out of the overflow of a thankful heart in times of blessing and abundance.
• I believe in being “moved with compassion,” as Jesus often was, and giving to a need or a person in need.
• I believe in giving for an important project or task for God’s work or a worthy cause.
• I believe in the principle of sowing and reaping taught by Jesus and Paul. I don’t believe in the manipulation that says, in effect, “Sow a seed to feed your greed!”
• I believe that there are times when Spirit-prompted giving is simply a sacrifice of letting go and that its real value is measured by what it costs me and not by what I expect to get from it, either in “harvest” or in satisfaction.
• I believe that the economy of the Kingdom of God is based on giving – not getting, on sharing – not hoarding, and on producing – not consuming.
• I believe that the way each person gives should be Spirit-directed, based on personal conviction developed from honest consideration of the message of Scripture, and be an act of obedient faith, flowing from a willing heart.

What do you think about that? Have you developed Bible-based, deeply-held convictions about giving that combine the discipline of systematic giving and the spontaneity of Spirit-promptings? I’d love to hear your thoughts about giving.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for the privilege of giving. I’m thankful for all the times I have been blessed by the giving of others – I’ve been on the receiving end so many times. But I also have the privilege of being a willing giver and I thank you for the blessing of giving. Amen.

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