Christian Giving

2 Corinthians 9:6–7
 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Many of us have contributed to organizations in some way or another. We have helped to grow the organizations from minor operations to the worldwide empire. So whatever we have invested in these organizations through any means is now under a process of repayment to the society in various forms. Now let us think what blessing would have resulted when we fund the mission of Christ’s church. We are helping old age homes, Orphan houses, nursing homes, etc. etc. through these ministers and missionaries. We are funding resources to reach out for evangelism, and discipleship. Hence we are above all investing in the spiritual and eternal welfare of people of every nation, tribe, kindred and tongue. Our investments in lord’s work are changing homes, relationships, countries, and even the destiny of many souls.

I was going through details of various missions websites and blogs and was thinking when I came across a page which said “In 1987, Chet Atkins and Margaret Archer wrote a song that was sung by country star, Ray Stevens, which went in part: “If he came back tomorrow, there’s something I’d like to know. Would Jesus wear a Rolex on his television show?”

Another instance where somebody asking the congregation to give to buy a 4th private jet.

Today business of religion is the best business and many might believe that I am also on the same path.

Many years back when I was in my early teens and was part of Youth Fellowship of the Salvation Army Church, I got a chance to deliver Sunday mass, this was a part of youth fellowship annually practiced by the Salvation Army Church in North India where the entire Sunday fellowship for one Sunday was the responsibility of the youth. I remember I gave my best as I was good at Public speaking. That day brought a U turn to my thought and at one time I thought to become a preacher, there was a struggle within my brain as one part saying is a preacher the other saying be a business man.

Finally time passed and I took a way as a banking and finance professional but there was a spark within that someday I will do something and stand for an example in Christian life and giving.  

Today TV shows religious businesses have given a bad name to Christian giving. We need to be clear on what Scripture teaches about giving. God wants us to give generously as He has prospered us.

Giving is a privilege and responsibility for those who have received from God the gift of eternal life. Giving should be a thank offering to God, We should be willing to see God to be glorified. God is glorified when we give from the right motives and in the right way. Always ask God to give you money to give and make sure you give.

So my friends think about this if your account in heaven is meager, you have to think generously where your treasure is and where to store it and find it.


In His Glory

Ravi Rose