The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 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 Corinthians 9:6-8
It is easy to imagine that there are many things that have our attention, and the last thing on your mind is probably your contribution to the church. While I’m sure there are some who might wonder what the church needs with a contribution during a season of time when we are not meeting, I think most understand.
Our consistent giving is extremely important to our missions, ministries, benevolence, and ongoing operations. In fact, this current distress is one that has given me reason for gratitude.
*I am grateful that we are debt free as a church. If we were carrying a crushing mortgage, or had an enormous debt, this would be much more alarming.
*I am grateful that our elders and ministers are fully committed to the church and have all given this week. I do not share that to brag, but to let you know that your leaders are demonstrating an example of generosity to the church.
*I am grateful for the contributions that arrived this week via online giving, checks that arrived in the mail, and those who stopped by the building to drop off your offering. Every gift is important and makes a difference. Every person who gives is making a valuable and important effort in this time of uncertainty.
*I am grateful for those who demonstrate the importance of the church by giving to the church first, and parachurch works and other ministries after first taking care of home church obligations. As 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 indicates, our enthusiasm and blessing to be found in belonging to the church is connected to our giving.
*I am grateful that there is a future and that the mission of Christ is not finished here in our parish. What we are living with now is simply a season, it wont last forever.
We should continue the good habits of giving we have had in the past. If anything we should be MORE attentive to giving during a crisis such as the one which we are now enduring. In this case, the last thing on your mind shouldn’t stay in last place! However personal the subject of giving is, it is crucial that Christians support their church. If they don’t, then who would? Here is a prayer as you contemplate your offering:
Dear Father, As I offer these gifts to You, help me remember that You have given me everything. I am so blessed, even in a time of distress, to have a comfortable life. I realize I have more than I will ever need. Accept my gift to the church as a reflection of the love I have for Your church. May it be used only for good things. Thank you, God, for teaching us in the Bible how to be generous. Thank you for the examples of generous giving among us. And thank you for teaching us about generosity as you gave the greatest gift ever, the sacrifice of your son Jesus on Calvary. In His name we pray, Amen.