Serving Jesus and loving people in Cape Town, South Africa...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Three Things Giving Should Be...
At CCF we believe biblical giving is systematic, proportional and significant. We talk about money at CCF because stewardship is part of discipleship. And our mission involves making disciples.
It's systematic in that we want our people to decide how often they're going to give and then to give, without the church always having to plead for it. In the same way that they pay their mortgage, rent and car loan on a regular basis, they should give faithfully and regularly to the church. In other words, biblical giving is consistent giving. If people are paid once a month, we suggest that they give once a month; if they are paid weekly, they could give weekly, as the Lord blesses them. The important point isn't so much when to give but that giving should be a regular habit. That way, we don't have to waste precious time in a worship service pleading for funds that our people should be giving on a regular basis without being asked.
Proportional giving teaches that if God has blessed you with much financially, then you should give much financially. If he's just blessed you a little financially, then you should just give a little. And if God has not blessed you financially at all, then you should give out of other gifts that he has blessed you with! Generosity is still a defining part of who we are called to be, regardless of income.
Significant and Meaningful
Biblical giving is sacrificial. It should change your lifestyle. If we give a convenient gift that can be given without much thought - without any prayer - if we can reach into our wallet or purse or write a check and it doesn't really change anything in terms of our values or our lifestyle, then it doesn't meet the criteria of being meaningful or significant.