We give out of obedience to scripture, we give out of a sense of gratitude, and we give in the knowledge that God will use these temporary, finite resources to build an eternal, infinite Kingdom.
“OBEDIENCE TO SCRIPTURE…”
We give because God told us to. We give because we will never reach the full potential of what God has called us to do, if we don’t meet the radical minimum standard of obedience. We give because we desire to cultivate generosity within ourselves – and where our money goes, our hearts are sure to follow. Obedience will always precede epiphany, so we give even when we don’t desire to give, in the hope that God will honor our obedience by creating within us that very desire.
“A SENSE OF GRATITUDE…”
We give because we believe it is a direct act of worship. If we are clear about who the owner really is, we give out of the pure joy and appreciation that we have anything to give at all. Giving is no less an act of worship than singing songs of praise – it is a direct act of faith in the character of God, about which we are singing.
“USING TEMPORARY, FINITE RESOURCE TO BUILD AN ETERNAL, INFINITE KINGDOM…”
We give because we recognize that nothing we have can last forever, but that we have the opportunity to use these fleeting things to contribute to something that can. God can and will use our finite resources to accomplish his eternal purposes. We give because, ultimately, the only way to take our wealth with us into eternity is to give it away while we’re still here on earth.