I have been evaluating the term giving and specifically what it means to me in my personal life. When you hear the word give what do you think? I think typically most people will go immediately to money. I do not know if it is our culture, upbringing, or what; but I do know that giving includes so much more than money. Don’t get me wrong…it also includes money. We see in 1 Corinthians 16:2 Paul said “every Sunday each one of you must put aside some money and then in Malachi 3:10 “bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple.” It is Biblical! I hope that is not the only place we are giving. We can give our time. Serve at church, a local organization that is doing some positive things, get out in the community, pour into the kids (remember that they are not just the future but also the today), or give our time to many other opportunities that are before us each day. Acts 20:35 shares with us: “remember the words Jesus said…it is more blessed to give than to receive”. 1 Peter 4:10 is also very clear: “each has received a gift, use it serve one another”. Along this same line we can also give by sharing our talents. Look at some of the possibilities within your church: praise and worship, tech, hospitality, childcare, creative arts. In Romans 12:6 we see that “we have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully”. We can also give by being a true friend to someone. Have you called someone lately just to check in with them, see if they need anything, or just pray with them? Remember what we are given in Proverbs 27:17-“as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” or Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us “two are better off than one because they can work together more effectively”. Be the flat tire friend that someone can call at 3AM when they have a flat tire on County Road 1B that no GPS in America can find. That is a beautiful way to give. We can give an example: i.e. going public in believer’s baptism or letting our walk match our talk. Another area we can give is in sharing our testimony. This is the story of what God has done in our life and there is nobody better to tell it than each of us firsthand. I love what Bill Bright says: “The only time we fail at witnessing is when we fail to witness.”
I know I can do more than I am doing. I want to challenge each of us to start right now and give more. We do not need to wait for a special time to start or let it be our New Year’s resolution next January. Let’s do it right now. Find an area you can give more to and just do it. Today is the day I will push my giving to the max! Today is the day I will recover!