More Guidance on Giving
Firstly – As resources flow in, offer the ‘first-fruits’ back to God, honoring Him before any others.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops, then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
Proportionally – God doesn’t expect us all to be able to give equal sums, only equal sacrifice. We don’t all have the same income, but we can all give in proportion to how God has blessed us.
“Bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.” (Deuteronomy 16:17)
“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.’” (Mark 12:43-44)
Generously – Look for opportunities to give generously and to live with anticipation of how God will use you to bless others and please Him.
“You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)
“And now, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify 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 8:1-4)
“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)
Confidently – God delights in replenishing the seed of those who invest themselves in his kingdom’s work.
“The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:6,8,10)
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Malachi 3:10)
Selectively –Unlike many worthy organizations out there, we are the sole-source of the financial strength of Christ Church of Oak Brook. The participation of every one of us makes a significant difference.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, but especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Gal 6:10)
Joyfully – Knowing that God sees the heart, let us give our offerings as unto God Himself and do so willingly, not under compulsion but with joyful worship as our resources flow out to serve others.
“Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7)
Quietly – When you walk around Christ Church you will notice, perhaps, the peculiar lack of plaques commemorating donors. The name of no one but God is inscribed around our buildings. He is the One who we honor for his supreme generosity. Our giving is to God alone.
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matt 6:2-4)