Why Should I Give?
October 22, 2019
In this season of Generosity at St. Philip’s, some members of our church family shared why they think giving to the church is important, and what blessings they have received from faithfully giving to the church:
To me personally, stewardship is a facet of worship. It’s another way to acknowledge God is the creator and provider of all things, and how incredibly fortunate I am to be made in His image and receive His blessings. Giving back a portion of the time, gifts, and resources He has given us honors Him and it blesses us, as we learn to rely on God more and ourselves less. It’s also an invitation to take part in His work, a privilege he gives to each one of us. In choosing to participate through stewardship, we grow individually in our own relationship with God while taking part in His kingdom’s growth. What an opportunity!
The only thing Jesus talked about more than the Kingdom of God was money, and he said it is the first thing we have to get sorted out when we want to follow him. So I think we should give to the church out of obedience to Christ, but I notice that when I give to the church, I get to be part of a double blessing. God blesses me for giving up control of my stuff and then he uses what I give to bless others.
Time and time again, I’ve found my budget is like the loaves and the fishes – on paper, there is never enough to make ends meet, but when I put it in God’s hands, he multiplies my gift over and again and there is always more than enough. When I start to feel anxious or worried about how life is going, I make a sacrificial gift and peace soon follows.
In my study of the terminology of stewardship what has resonated most with me is “it’s all a gift from God”. We own nothing, but He’s asking us to manage what He has entrusted in us in a manner that brings Him honor and glory.
Also, living a life of stewardship allows us to set an example for the next generation. Others have paved a path for us – it’s our turn to do the same for the future. Stewardship is a way of life – not a time or season. The treasure truly follows after giving of our God-given gifts and time and talent. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.
The church is a place for us to worship, it provides resources to us as parishioners and serves the community to Impact the World for Christ—- these things are not able to be done without funding. Also, Jesus tells us to give of our time, talents and TREASURES.
It is a great blessing to see the continuous improvements made across campus that allow us to reach a broader community and grow the life for Jesus. We are given the opportunity to serve, worship and spend time as a family and deepen our relationship with God and each other.