Speaking on giving at church can be like talking about root canals at the dentist; it has to be done, but nobody likes doing it. On the other hand, not talking about God’s promises on giving at church is like withholding novocain from that person with the root canal; the pain of giving is alleviated when we know God’s promises about our giving. This past Sunday I preached about “Simply Giving,” and few messages have elicited as many responses.
“Your story resonated with me because I also remember the painful sacrifice of giving and the wonderful provision from giving!”
“I was reminded of how God provided when we had nothing. When my three year old daughter wanted an expensive Christmas present that we could not afford, we wondered what to do. What a surprise to go the local department store and find the very thing that she wanted on the returns desk for just $5!”
“I remember wondering how we were going to get our children to college on our limited income. Yet our children each graduated private Christian colleges completely debt free!”
On and on the stories came. I realized that God’s promises have been proven true by God’s people time and time again. As I thought about this, I resolved to never shrink from the opportunities to share these promises with God’s people. Jesus indeed calls us to costly obedience, but the path of costly obedience is paved with powerful promises from God’s Word.
Your generous giving over these past few weeks has made up much of our budget shortfall. Praise God! More importantly, our steps of faith-filled obedience continue to bring opportunities to see God’s provision. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Cor 9:8). May we, indeed, see this abundant provision realized among us!