Over the past two years, many people have started the Recurring Giving Challenge – one of them being you! We’ve heard stories of the miracles that God is doing in people’s finances, and we believe that you are on a journey towards freedom. However, we know from experience that if we aren’t careful, giving to God can seem routine after a while, just another thing we do at church. You might “set it and forget it,” but we want to make sure that you never forget how significant your giving is to God.
If we really want to know what God thinks about giving, who better to look at than Jesus? Here’s what he has to say about your money:
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” [Matthew 6:21]
There are a couple things that really stand out to us about Jesus’ teaching…
1. This is part of what we know as “The Sermon on the Mount.” Scholars believe that this is one of the largest crowds that ever gathered to listen to Jesus preach. So, knowing that he only has a short time to minister on earth, this is a great opportunity for Jesus to share with a captive audience what he feels is most important! It’s interesting that one of the things he chooses to teach about is money. That means that what we do with our money really is of the utmost importance to God.
2. Jesus is saying in this verse that how we spend our money reveals what is truly important to us. When you give to God through recurring giving, it’s not the same as paying a bill or even making a donation to charity. God does not need your money, but he wants your heart. What God wants more than anything is for you to reciprocate the love and affection that he has for you. Every time a recurring payment comes out, you are showing God that he’s your priority, that you’re trusting him to be your provider, that your heart belongs to him.
Paul explains it really well in a letter he wrote to the church in Greece…
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” [2 Corinthians 9:7]
Giving is first and foremost worship, and God’s desire is for us to worship him cheerfully. He wants us to give because we want to, not because we think we have to.
There’s a big difference between what we have to spend money on versus what we want to spend money on. We pay for groceries because without them, we would starve. In other words, we have to. But sometimes we pay to go out to eat at our favorite restaurant because we genuinely love eating there. We don’t have to pay to eat there, but we do because we want to. God’s desire is that we give generously because we love him so much that we can’t help ourselves from giving back to him!
Even though it might be challenging at times, we just want to encourage you to continue to be cheerful as you worship God with your giving! It matters to him, and he’s using it to make a difference not only in your life, but also in the lives of others. There are countless people who have found a new possible because your faithful giving helps create opportunities for them to find God. We appreciate you and are so proud of you for trusting and obeying God!
– Rust City Pastors & Staff