“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Cor. 9:6-8
“I think you’re thanking the wrong one. It’s God that gives,” a brother in the Lord wrote me after I thanked him for his financial sponsorship of my ministry.
There are three lessons in this, I believe, when it comes to serving the Lord.
1. Giving to a ministry or church or missionary or evangelist etc. is an act of service to the Lord. Oh, how much I wish people would see this more. It hurts my heart how few people give to Walk by Faith Ministry – especially as the Lord continues to grow the ministry and how very greatly in need I am of more financial support for the Lord’s work. But this message isn’t about my ministry. It’s about giving. Giving to the Lord. However the Lord leads us, whenever the Lord leads us, not for us, not from us, but for Him, through His provision.
2. Humility, as my friend demonstrated in his words to me, is fundamental to loving and serving God.
3. My brother in the Lord did something we all must strive to do diligently and daily. Give God the glory! He didn’t applaud himself for giving money to my ministry for the Lord. He recognized he is but a servant and vessel through whom the Lord provides.
Let us be giving and generous, let us be humble, and let us give glory to the Lord!