Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Like many churches and ministries, giving is down a bit at our church. We're living in tough economic times. People should give what they can afford while giving the work of God a high priority. Attitude is more important than amount. We trust God to provide our needs, and therefore we give generously, systematically, proportionately,and gladly. By giving cheerfully we are most like God, Who is a cheerful Giver. John Wesley urged, "Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can." We need to offer God our time, talent, and treasure. Our gifts to God become a gift of ourselves. We also need to reflect on how tied we are to material comforts, and perhaps take an assessment on how we're spending our money. Maybe we can't afford to give in church because we've been maxing out our credit cards by over-indulgence. A simpler, more disciplined lifestyle might keep us from going overboard financially. None of this is easy...but God can supply us the grace to do the right thing.