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Did you know giving is a gift?
It might sound silly, but it’s true. We all have the capability to give and God calls us each to offer what we have to serve the kingdom. However there, are some people who have a better understanding of giving than the rest of us. Not only does generosity come more naturally to them, they also know when to give, where to give, and how much to give.
Here is how we define the gift of giving:
Giving is the gift of the ability to manage money, talents, and time to honor and glorify God.
Beyond the regular response of gratitude to God that all believers make, those with the gift of giving can discern the best ways to put money and talents to work, can understand the validity and practicality of appeals for funds, and can guide others in the most faithful methods for managing their financial concerns.
Giving is about faithfulness, desire, and the ability to manage God’s resources of money and talent as much as it is about donating money to the church. People with the gift of giving need to be placed in positions where money is given, raised, and distributed. Those gifted need to be allowed to take both responsibility and authority for the finances of the community of faith. Gifted givers are often inspirational model to others of what it means to be generous.
A perfect scriptural example of the gift of giving is the story of The Good Samaritan. In this story, not only is the Samaritan generous with his money, time, and resources – but he also knows exactly how to use his resources in a way that best helps the beaten man with a short-term care plan and long-term care plan.
We will talk more about the story of The Good Samaritan and how it is linked to generosity this Sunday!
Giving in Scripture:
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas(which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. – Acts 4:32-37
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” – Mark 12:41-44
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. – 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
These are just a few ways you can serve at Trietsch with the gift of giving:
- Finance Committee Member
- Financial Peace University Facilitator
- Mozambique Auction Fundraiser
- Mozambique Scholarship Fundraiser
- Project Transformation Food Coordinator
- Youth Choir Lunch Coordinator
If you have questions about spiritual gifts, where you can serve, or how your gift can be used outside of Trietsch, email Denise Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.