Giving More Without Spending More
- Tuesday, July 23, 2013
“Giving affirms Christ’s lordship. It dethrones me and exalts Him. It breaks the chains of mammom that enslave me.
As long as I still have something, I believe I own it. But when I give it away, I relinquish control, power and prestige. At the moment of release the lights go on. The magic spell is broken. My mind clears. I recognize God as owner and myself as servant, and others as intended beneficiaries of what God has entrusted to me.”
Have you recognized God as owner of all?
Maybe you scanned the list of ideas above and thought, “Surely inviting a friend over for coffee instead of meeting at Panera wouldn’t make that much difference to the Kingdom.” If this is your mindset, be encouraged by these words from A.W. Tozer, as quoted by Randy Alcorn in The Treasure Principle:
“As base a thing as money often is, it yet can be transmuted into everlasting treasure. It can be converted into food for the hungry and clothing for the poor; it can keep a missionary actively winning lost men to the light of the gospel and thus transmute itself into everlasting wealth. Whatever is given to Christ is immediately touched with immortality.”
Don’t underestimate what the Lord can do with your gifts and offerings.
Consider the attitude of those described in 2 Corinthians. Speaking about the Macedonian churches, Paul testifies “…that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints” (2 Corinthians 8:3).
He goes on to encourage the Corinthian church: “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7).
What strikes me most about this section of Scripture is how the act of giving is so obviously viewed as a ‘privilege’ and a ‘grace.’ It is not a duty, nor an obligation. It should not be done grudgingly, “reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Ultimately, it’s God’s cash. Thank Him for the privilege of using it. Then find creative ways to use less of it for yourself, and give more of it back to Him.
What ideas can you share with other readers to promote Kingdom giving?
Kate Motaung is the wife of a South African pastor and homeschooling mom of three. She has contributed to Ungrind, Radiant Magazine, (in)Courage, StartMarriageRight.com, Thriving Family, MOPS and Young Disciple magazine. You can read more from Kate at her blog, Heading Home or on Twitter @k8motaung.
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