Giving is an opportunity to share, sow and serve.
The Bible teaches that all that we are and have belong to God. Psalm 24:1 (NIV) says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” This means that we are not owners, but only stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to us, whether it be life, time, talent or treasure. As stewards, God wants us to be faithful (I Corinthians 4:2). And faithfulness demands that we give back to God what is rightfully His and do so generously, cheerfully and sincerely.
Paul, writing to the Galatian Christians, looks at a believer’s giving from the outlook of opportunity rather than obligation. First, giving is an opportunity to share all good things with those who teach and minister the gospel to us and others. Second, it is an opportunity to sow. When we give, we don’t lose anything for we will reap what we sow. Finally, it is an opportunity to serve. Giving is an act of service— to God and to others (Galatians 6:6-10).
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35b). He knew what He was saying for He is the ultimate example of what it means to give when He gave His all for us. Our Lord also added, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38 NIV).
May we learn to give as our Saviour did and as the Scriptures demand.