Giving back to God
The Bible has a great deal to say about money, our attitude to it and what we do with it.
“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NRSV).
Please read this page and link to the booklet below and reflect upon how you can give back to God.
- In response to God’s grace God has shown his great love for sinful and unworthy people like us in the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Having received such undeserved generosity we should be motivated to give generously in response. We are to be like God - not reluctant givers, but wanting to give generously from all that he has given us.
- In recognition of God’s gifts God wants us to be generous – not just with our money but with our time, energy, skills, homes and possessions. If we have received God’s abundant grace then we all have something to give. Sometimes these other things are harder to give than money.
- In reaction to needs and priorities The apostle Paul encourages the Corinthian Christians to give generously to a collection for other Christians in great poverty. God’s priorities are that his people should come first in our giving: those who teach the word of God ( 1 Tim 5:17), those in need in our church (James1:27, 1 Tim 5:8) and those in need in other churches (2 Cor 8-9). The needs are therefore both the local work of the Parish and further afield in the wider church.
How we should give?
- Abundantly: The apostle Paul stresses the abundant nature of God’s giving towards us so that we may give abundantly in response. God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. The Old Testament commanded a tithe (10% of income). The New Testament is far more radical: we are to be generous givers of all we have. Some will give far more than 10% of their income, others less.
- Thoughtfully: Each of you must give as you have made up your mind. We need to think carefully about what we have been given, what our responsibilities are and how we can give money in the most effective way.
- Joyfully: God loves a cheerful giver. It’s easy to give for the wrong reasons - to relieve our guilt, to avoid other avenues of Christian service, to be seen to be generous by others. The apostle Paul tells us that God loves a joyful and big-hearted response to all that he has lavished on us.
Financial giving is a great indicator of the spiritual health of a church and of each person in the church individually. It is a spiritual issue which is gospel driven. Please take some time, during the month of November, to think through your giving. This booklet (click image to the left) teaches a little of what the Bible says about our attitude and our approach to money and giving. Please use it to help you prayerfully consider what you might give. Thank you. Fr Darren