Discerning God’s Will in Deciding Your Giving Commitment
The most important decision you or your family will make during the The Cause campaign emphasis will be the decision about your own giving commitment. As you begin praying about your commitment, keep in mind the idea “Equal Sacrifice, Not Equal Gifts.” Obviously, God has not given everyone the ability to give the same amount in dollars as everyone else gives. However, God does call us all to make the same quality of commitment.
Remember, your commitment can include both a cash gift and a 24-month giving commitment. Most of us can give far more than we initially think by giving over a two-year period. You will help The Cause most by giving in both ways.
Ways To Give
We can give based on reason. This means we look at what we have, figure out what is “reasonable,” and commit that amount. It takes little or no faith to give by reason. Reason simply asks, “What can I afford?”
We can give based on revelation. This means we, each one, determine our gifts by praying, “Lord, what do you want to give through me?” This requires faith. When we make giving a matter of prayer, our decisions become acts of worship. Revelation giving is asking “How much am I willing to trust God?” Paul said of the Macedonians, “They gave not only what they could afford; they gave more than they could afford!”
Prayerfully consider the following suggestions for determining God’s will in giving
Begin by praying every day, “Lord, I want to give sacrificially. Now please show me how to give a gift that will stretch my faith.” If you are married, pray with your spouse.
Give yourself time! Don’t rush your decision. You will find that the longer you genuinely pray, “Show me how,” the more ways God will show you. This way you’ll be able to give more than the first amount that popped into your head. Allow God to show you how to “grow in the grace of giving.”
Plan a family conference to discuss ways to give. Ask your family members to be thinking of ideas in advance. Be sure to involve your children, no matter how young they are. This is a great opportunity to teach giving and faith.
At your family conference, read the following Bible promises and instructions, and make a list of what you learn:
Proverbs 3:9-10 | Luke 6:38 | 2 Corinthians 8:1-12 | 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 | Proverbs 11:24-25 | 1 Corinthians 16:1-2