The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
USA Today reporter Martha Moore reported recently that during the year there were 21 charitable gifts in excess of $100 million. The biggest was Warren Buffet’s commitment of over $43 billion to universities and hospitals. Moore’s summary was this: “The reason for the increase in mega-gifts is simple: There are more people with deep pockets.” Another source, Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, reported, “It’s a sign that wealth is growing and people are just raising their sights in terms of giving.” Stanley Katz, Princeton University professor, said, “It’s sort of gotten out there that it’s the right thing to do to be generous.”
Now most Christians could not dream of giving such lavish amounts (and if they could I wish they were members of the church I pastor). But they can certainly start by giving God what He absolutely requires, His tenth – or ten percent – of their income. But note this: tithing is NOT giving. That ten percent is God’s in the first place. Our giving comes after that.
I often hear it said, “I cannot afford to give.” The Bible teaches that God blesses givers. But hear this, we don’t GIVE to GET! As a pastor I never teach that kind of motivation. We give simply because we love God. It has been rightly said that God blesses us NOT so we can increase the level of our living, but so that we can increase the level of our giving. Do you know that expert church pollsters believe that fewer than 3% of all Christians actually tithe of their income? How sad!
Now here’s a question for you to ponder today: What if every follower of Christ in your church were as faithful in giving to Him as He is in giving to us?
Prayer: O God, I want to be a liberal soul, one made fat by Your goodness and faithfulness. Let any vestige of a carnal “Scrooge” mentality be stricken from my soul. May I be a giver for the sole joy of just being …. a giver! Amen.