What is Christian Giving?
JESUS SAID THAT IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE.
Our modern world does not believe that. If we are honest, more often that not, we also think Jesus has made a mistake. How can it make you happier to give than to get? Can it really be true that giving will lead to happiness? Jesus would emphatically say ‘YES!’ If that is a shock then here comes an even bigger one: Jesus wants His followers to be rich! Jesus is absolutely clear that as Christians, we should store up for ourselves treasure. But, and it’s a huge ‘BUT’, the key issue for Jesus, is where we store up this treasure. To get rich in this life or to attempt to store up treasure in this world is rank stupidity according to Jesus. The reason for this is that this world and everything in it is doomed to destruction. And even if that does not happen in our lifetime, we are certainly going to die and just as we brought nothing into this world, we will most definitely take nothing with us. So, storing up wealth in this world is foolish. Not only is this world passing, but Jesus taught that wherever our treasure is, there our hearts will be also. Do we really want our hearts to be tied to a world that lies under God’s wrath? If we love money, how will we ever love God? We cannot serve both. Either our Christian life will be the most important thing to us, or, sadly, our work and career will be the most important thing to us. For these two reasons we are commanded by Jesus to store up for ourselves treasure in heaven. That will mean that we will never lose it because moth, thief and rust can never take it from us.
And secondly, it means that our hearts will be in heaven where Christ is – which is where the Christian’s true home is. With this in mind we encourage regulars at our Church to give sacrificially, generously and cheerfully to the Church.