Archives For Giving


DESCRIPTION: Usher with offering plate and notice on his back CAPTION:

DESCRIPTION: Man taking offering CAPTION: NO THANKS ... I'VE GOT PLENTY

DESCRIPTION: Man taking offering with funny look on his face CAPTION: AS MASTER OF THE "OH BROTHER FACE" AND INVENTOR OF THE "ULTRA-LONG COURTESY PAUSE", KEITH WAS EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE AT TAKING OFFERING

DESCRIPTION: Man giving a gigantic check to the offering and posing for a photo opp. CAPTION: MOST PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS A LITTLE TOO SHOWY

I thought these cartoons were comical but illustrated some serious truths about who we are as givers.  How are you with giving?  Are you a 10% giver…5%…give what is left-over?  Or are you one of those (I was guilty) that says, “I will give more to God when I get in a better financial situation.”  So what if you died tomorrow and God looked at your giving?  Would he be satisfied?  I am not one of those who says the more you give the more you will receive (since salvation and grace has no price on it) but I am also not one of those who thinks we should sit back and let our money and possessions rot in the bank!  Francis Chan wrote, “If you really want to experience God’s supernatural provision, then do as He says.  Test Him (cf. Mal. 3:10).  Give more than you can manage, and see how He responds” (Crazy Love, p. 110).  God hates leftovers don’t you?  Why are we so thoughtless when it comes to what we give to God?  Why are churches not meeting the budget when they should be exceeding every number given by an eldership?  Why is many churches (not all)  are not meeting the needs of people but secular organizations are?  What does that say about the church?  We are in bad economic times but I guarantee you that if you are reading this post you have more money than 75% of the world! 

What if we lose our savings?  You just might have to trust in God then!  Is that a bad thing? 

What about our financial portfolio?  It better have God in it! 

Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy.  Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.  (Chan, Crazy Love, pp. 114-15).

Yesterday I cancelled my membership to the YMCA ($30 a month), and my Dish Network service ($56.50 a month) and I am fighting with Verizon to reduce my coverage.  This is not to snowball more debt (even though that is needed), nor is it to provide for the kids’ college (that is a concern) or to save for a bigger house (1100 sq. ft. is pretty small for 6 people) but it is to give back to God what is HIS already!  I am not trying to judge your situation either as memberships to the Y are not bad nor is having dish network inherently evil.  I just think we could do better by giving more until it hurts.  We may never get another house and we may not climb out of debt until we are 50 but when I appear before God in judgment I want him to look at me and say, WELL DONE, ROBBIE!  YOU WERE A FAITHFUL GIVER AND WE DID A LOT TOGETHER!!!  WELL DONE!!!  ENTER IN TO THE JOY I HAVE PREPARED FOR YOU!  WELL DONE!!! 

Give…

Give…

Give…

Until it hurts!!!

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