While God is the greatest giver, humans tend to gather for themselves than give to others! Even siblings have to be reminded and disciplined to share with each other. So it's no surprise that most people feel uneasy about giving to non-profit organizations. Yet, it's a noble act to give from the heart. God promised in Malachi 3:10 that he would open the gates of heaven and bless those who support the church and needy people financially. Because when we financially help a church or a Christian ministry as partners, we share the blessings of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.
As humans, we love to gather wealth and precious things. Wealth may give us a feeling of having more power, safety, and security. We may consider giving only to those who are kind to us or can return our favor. But as we grow into spiritual maturity, God changes our hearts, motives, and our perspective to see the needs of others and help them willingly and delightfully.
Most born-again Christians support churches and non-profit Christian ministries with roughly 10% of their income. Practically, some may give more, and some donate less. But regardless of how much we give to a church to expand God's kingdom or to a friend who is challenged financially, or a needy person, we should give willingly and cheerfully, not grudgingly or under compulsion. (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Our donations support those who dedicated their entire lives to preaching the Gospel. Our contributions keep the doors of the churches open. It helps missionaries share the Gospel with people in places they don't even have access to Christian radio. So many missionaries lost their lives sharing the message of salvation.
Throughout history, many evangelists didn’t receive financial help but worked hard and evangelized simultaneously. For example, the apostle Paul didn’t always receive financial aid, but he kept preaching wherever he went:
'Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive".' Acts 20:34-35 (NKJV)
A greedy heart will never be satisfied, but the one who trusts the Lord is always thankful. The Lord wants to see us enjoy our lives. So, when we work hard, help others, and trust him, we find abundance in everything by Lord’s grace!
“…test me now in this,” says Yahweh of Armies, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there will not be room enough for.” Malachi 3:10
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- When we give to churches, God forgives our sins.
- Our donations help churches and ministries to share the message of salvation.
- False: God forgave us already we believed in Jesus. So, giving should be from the heart, not mandatory.
- True: Many missionaries lost their livesو sharing the message of salvation. Therefore, when we give, we partner with them.