21 Sep Help Your Congregation Understand Why Giving Matters
Giving is an integral part of any church environment but sometimes it is a struggle to communicate why being charitable is essential for both the congregation and the organization.
Being charitable simply means to be kind, forgiving and generous and reflects Christ to the world. In theory, this is a simple task that everyone seems to understand. But when it comes to putting this idea into practice, by donating time to a cause or tithing for their church, sometimes people fall short.
Here are 12 bible verses that can help you relay the importance of being charitable:
2nd CORINTHIANS 9:7
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
When people give simply because they are told to, it isn’t as powerful as when they give because they want to. When you are giving, no matter what form it takes, your heart should be in it.
“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”
A single gift that can help improve someone’s life is a powerful act – and the more often you give, the more lives you positively impact.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
Generous people feel joy and contentment after being charitable with their time and talents.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
When you are being generous be humble and discreet; knowing that simply helping someone or supporting a good cause is enough. It is not about the accolades of your contribution.
“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
When you give in secret, God will see what has been done and will reward you by welcoming you into the heavens with open arms.
“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.”
When you have the means, be charitable toward others.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”
If you have the power to help others in need, do not keep it to yourself. Instead give freely and with purpose.
“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
God asks all of us to speak up against injustice in the world, to judge others fairly without bias, and to defend those that cannot defend themselves. Giving is one way to reiterate this command.
1st CHRONICLES 29:14
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
The core of this verse hits on the idea that everything comes from God. If we have wealth, then it is a direct gift from God and in turn we should give it to others in need.
2nd CHRONICLES 8:12
“For the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”
Money is just one way to give. If you do not have the means to give financially, you can give your time and skills to help serve others.
“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.”
A generous heart appreciates what it has and has been given by God. And people are more likely to give to a person who has been generous with them in the past.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”
Putting our resources to good use for the sake of the church, our communities, and the benefit of others is how we honor our God.
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