For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and
then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
2 Corinthians 9:10-12
Rebekah, I don’t ask everyone to raise money for the Kingdom as I have asked you, and it’s an honor, and you need to start acting like it’s an honor.
These were the words I heard so clearly the day I was ready to throw in the towel. Yelling at God. Telling Him You picked the wrong girl!
After fundraising for a salary and an adoption the thought of taking on the role of fundraising all the time was overwhelming. Initially, I wanted to give it back. To say no. For I had found, ironically enough, there is nothing fun about fundraising.
But turns out God didn’t pick the wrong girl. Fancy that! I have come to find that money has nothing to do with me. Fundraising and giving money away are not about us, not really. For our money, well it was never really ours to begin with. It belongs to God. Everything we have does (Psalm 24:1). He provides it to us to steward for His glory. For His Kingdom come.
Fundraising has taught me so much. Far more than I could ever articulate in one setting, but a beautiful result of fundraising is the positive impact it has made on my family, leading us to be far more generous towards the Kingdom work happening all around the world. Not because I pity those in the same position as me or because I feel if I am more generous then maybe others will be generous back, but because if I truly care about the eternal more than the temporary then my behavior has to match. For where our treasure is the desires of our heart will also be (Matthew 6:21).
The spiritual gift of giving is not something I came by naturally for most of my life. In fact I spent a good portion of my life hoarding money out of fear. God has used fundraising to provide me with the opportunity to develop the spiritual gift of giving.
The giving of your financial resources both supports and grows the church. The giving of money has the ability to meet people’s needs and simultaneously point people back to God.
When people gave to my family’s adoption of our daughter it met a need, but it also led us to praising our Lord. It planted seeds of hope in our hearts which gave us the ability to endure the story God had for us.
Generosity starts with God. 2 Corinthians 10 tells us God is the provider, we simply steward His provision. Those with the spiritual gift of giving are more naturally inclined to this.
Generosity oozes out of them. They can’t help but want to give to meet the needs of the church and the Kingdom work the church is executing. Investing their dollars towards eternal significance excites them.
People with this gift are not always super wealthy; they are simply super sacrificial when it comes to their finances and assets. They typically prefer to live below their means because their heart is so for giving their means to reach the physical and spiritual needs of others.
We are not all going to be naturally bent towards the spiritual gift of giving, but we are all called to give to the eternal work of the church. Yes, giving your time and your resources is a form of generosity, but if we are called to surrender all (Luke 14:33) to the glory of the Lord, then we are called to give our money back to God.
1. Are you currently investing your dollars in some way that meets both physical and spiritual needs of people? If so, where? If not, where might you enjoy investing your money?
2. How has the spiritual gift of giving impacted your life? Reflect below.
Lord, Thank You for being such a generous God. You see needs and meet them emotionally, physically, spiritually, and monetarily. You are a God who provides. Thank You for providing in my life. Help me to steward the money You have given me for the eternal. My desire above all else is to glorify Your name. Help me to do this in every area of my life. Create a desire in me to care more about the financial burdens of the church than my own temporary wants.
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