BY JOHN HUNT
These days it’s so easy to organise your giving. Internet banking makes last minute trips to the ATM or remembering my credit card giving redundant. I just set things up on a monthly auto deduction and forget about it. Simple.
I have been challenged by the process behind the way giving was required for the nation of Israel. It wasn’t just the gift that was required but a statement that went along with it. God was drilling something deep in the soul of His people with every gift they gave. I think my soul could do with that same medicine.
“Then you shall declare before the LORD your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, subjecting us to harsh labor. Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our ancestors, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, LORD, have given me.” Place the basket before the LORD your God and bow down before him.” (Deuteronomy 26:5-10 NIV)
God made them see the link between their gift and their salvation – not just once but each time they gave.
In a world where the attitude of entitlement is increasing, a poignant reminder that my giving isn’t something I do in the hope to get more blessed – rather it is something I get to do because I have been so blessed.
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at your giving.