A couple years ago, a journalist from Reuters called money “the last taboo.” I think we all could agree with this statement. We avoid the topic of money because it in fact reveals a bit about us that we aren’t too comfortable revealing. That said, the following are a couple good reasons too keep in mind when giving.
First reason: God gave first
A verse often associated with poster boards held up at football games near the end zone, John 3:16, shows us something very fundamental about the image of God. John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son. The emphasis here is that God gave. God is the epitome, the ultimate example and original cheerful giver. Therefore, we give because we are made in his image, and that image is of the one who is generous and loving.
Second reason: The Church is the hope of the world
Another reason why we give, is we understand the Church’s role in God’s work in the world. 1 Colossians 1:26-17 says: the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. In the Church the world finds Christ, and his redemptive work. We are to give to build not a building or an organization, but a community of faith that is engaged in the lives of our neighbors.
Third reason: To help others
Matthew 6:33 says: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. These things refers to the essentials like food, water, etc. A provision that is met through his people within the church. This reason for giving is evident in Acts, we are to give to help care for others.
How we give: Cheerfully, Sacrificially and Regularly
As we move forward in giving, a good barometer of a generous, genuine heart is giving cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), sacrificially (2 Corinthians 8:2), and regularly. When discussing this topic with our family or those we're in community with, it's good to keep why we give within the this context. I encourage you this week to revisit these passages, reflect on what they mean for you, and discuss them with your family.