There is a story of a very rich man what was approached to contribute to a major financial campaign. The need was explained and the request for support was made.
The man responded, “I understand why you want me to give $100,000. I’m a wealthy man. But there are some things you don’t know. Did you know my mother is in a very expensive nursing home? Did you know that my brother died and left a family of five with no insurance? Did you know that my son is serving in an inner city mission to help the poor and his family lives well below the level of poverty? Well, if I don’t give any of them a penny, why do you thin I’ll give any to you?
We have all met people who refused to give. It wasn’t that they didn’t have it to give; they just didn’t want to. But true giving must come from a willing heart, It cannot be demanded or forced. What makes a gift acceptable to God is the “willingness” to give.
Christians are givers. The grace of God that saves a soul transforms the believer into a giver. However, Christians still struggle with giving. We still have a selfish nature that doesn’t want to give. We have the desire to give but often we don’t carry through with that desire.
This Sunday I will be continuing a summer sermon series, The Grace of Giving. The message this week is “Give Willingly” from 2 Corinthians 8:10-12. We will talk about two hindrances to giving: procrastination and hesitation.
Is your willingness to give at an all time low? Maybe in some area of your life you just don’t want to give anymore. Here’s what you can do:
- Recognize God’s gifts. Consider God’s blessings in your life. Forget about what you don’t have and think about all God has given you.
- Remember God’s promises. Call to mind a few biblical principles that promise benefits of sowing bountifully. I will share a few Sunday. Here are three Bible passages to look up: 2 Corinthians 9:6; Hebrews 6:10; Philippians 4:19.
- Review your heart. Generosity isn’t about the amount – it’s about the heart. Your giving reveals your heart. How is your heart?
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.