Giving is first of all a “response” to the God of all grace and providence who has so lovingly provided all that we have and all that we are—not the least of which is our salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. This is something that is intensely personal between an individual and their Savior. Psalm 116:12 puts it this way: “What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?”
We are naturally led to respond to our God’s good providence when we recognize that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). Thus we return to God in simple gratitude with our gifts. Deuteronomy 16:17 also addresses this concept: “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.”
The Lord invites us to put our faith in Him to work by giving to Him and to the advancement of His kingdom. This is not an empty invitation, because He makes certain promises to us with that invitation. Two of those promises are:
- Malachi 3:10 “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
- Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
A grateful heart is therefore a giving heart, and with the promise that He makes to us we are confident that we cannot “out-give” God.
Every living organism (or organization) needs fuel in order to survive and thrive. The church is no exception. In order for the church to carry out the ministry of Jesus Christ, provide the services and programs you desire, and pay such bills as water and lights we must depend upon the contributions of loving givers.
Thank you for being a part of the advancement of the Lord’s kingdom through Pisgah ARP Church!
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!