8.30.17 – 2 Cor 9:10

I have a friend that pokes fun at his wife by saying, “what’s hers is hers and what’s mine is hers.” Knowing him like I do, it’s really a testament to the generous person he is. He’s always willing to help out, seemingly without a thought to how it may affect him.
Giving to the church is one of those subjects that seems to make people squirm. If you look up statistics on this it’s rather sad how little people give. I’m not going to get into that other than to say what many others have said, this is not a matter of how much, as it is how willing you are to give of your resources. I’ll throw time into this conversation as well as that is something we all have and cherish. In fact, if I’m totally honest I’d rather give of my funds than my time but I have found that the giving of my time is always a sound investment.
Giving is a matter of faith. We are called to surrender to Christ all we have, body mind & spirit. Luke 9:23-24 – And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Jesus also spoke about this in telling of the woman who gave in amount, a small sum but in sacrifice, it was all she had. In essence giving far more than those who had given more but held back. Paul addresses the subject in his second letter to the Corinthian church. He too makes the point of how giving is much more a matter of heart and soul than dollars and cents.
Giving is another opportunity to grow closer to Jesus. Giving of ourselves is an investment in others and by faith, such deeds are always honored by God. I can’t encourage you enough to step out in faith and give, then see what God does in your life.
2 Corinthians 9:10 – He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.