Sometimes we can feel a certain amount of shame and guilt when we are not participating in the life of the church in the same way as others. We get in the habit of comparing our efforts or resources to someone who we consider to be a spiritual powerhouse. Or, perhaps the opposite is true….Maybe we get annoyed because we see someone doing, and giving so much that we think that they are “showing off”.
When we talk about the giving money to God’s kingdom, these feelings become fact in our own hearts and minds. Some can give a little and some can give a lot. Other people feel embarrassed with how much they can give so they decide not to give at all. When we allow ourselves to begin thinking this way we are missing the point.
Here is the secret about giving… Giving has nothing to do with building the church’s bank account, paying the pastor, or even supplying enough resources to make rent. It has everything to do with acting in obedience as a spiritual exercise. Also, when we give to the building of God’s kingdom the resources will always be there for those who choose to take this step. It may not make sense…the numbers will never add up, but somehow it just happens. Giving sacrificially is the key. Maybe, for you it is not a money issue… The same is true with your time, talents, and everything else God has provided for you.