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Our Message on Giving
As you consider giving to the ministries of the Olivet Evangelical Free Church we want you to understand our heart in this matter:
Giving is a “big deal”! Most of us try to practice generosity, but the question is always “who” to give to and “why” them? Today, thanks to all the media we have access to, there seems to be no shortage of ministries and individuals who are letting us know how our giving will make a difference in their circumstance. Some might view the church as the never-ending “Go Fund Me” campaign, but it is so much more. The local church is the living, active presence of God in its community…not existing for its own needs and gratification…but for the glory of God and the benefit of those it comes in contact with.
For the follower of Jesus Christ, the call to care about the spread of his Gospel and the needs of lost and hurting people is a clear biblical priority but who should we give to, how much should we give, and what should be our attitude as we do? Here are some thoughts and guidelines:
First and foremost, giving demonstrates God’s lordship (authority) in our lives.
James 1:17 (ESV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Everything we own and everything we have comes from God. When we give, we return a very small portion of all the abundance he has already given to us. Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God. It recognizes that everything we give already belongs to him.
Giving should be personal, proportional, and joyful.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NLT)
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you ned and plenty left over to share with others.
We can’t pretend that we don’t think about money (sometimes worry and even obsess about money). God wants us to think about Him as we prepare to give- how He has blessed us, what He is asking us to give, and then simply obeying with enthusiasm.
We grow and are blessed when we give.
Acts 20:35 (NIV)
… remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
God wants us to give because He knows how blessed we will be as we practice generosity toward Him and to others. God doesn’t NEED our money! Giving is a kingdom principle—it brings more blessing to the giver than to the recipient.
God bless you as you give yourself to God and the work He has called you to! (2 Corinthians 8:5)
– Pastor Craig