Today is called Giving Tuesday. Now that the greed of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is over (which I don’t participate in) we can turn to others and give to our favorite charity. We should all be ready to help others at any time and it is good to have a day when we can be reminded to give to charity, but be careful to give to a reputable one as there is some abuse and we want to see our donations going to the intended parties. Giving is also a bible topic that we can consider.
First, we are told to give of our means to support the work of the local church (1 Corinthians 16:1,2). We are to give from the heart, not grudgingly. 2 Corinthians 9:6,7 says; “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.” This could apply to charitable giving as well as the money we give to support the work of the church each week.
It is a biblical principle that if we give abundantly we will also be blessed abundantly by God. Surely, if we turn it around and realize that if we are already abundantly blessed (as most are in this country) we should certainly give abundantly to others. We must be careful that we are not giving grudgingly or out of a sense of necessity, but gladly for God loves a cheerful giver.
A lot of confusion is generated by churches being so involved in charity work in our times. In fact, the church is not authorized by scripture to be involved in general charity work because we do not see an example of it in the New Testament. The early church did not do charity work and if we seek to do as the early church did (and we should) we will not support a church that practices charity for the general population. To do so is adding to the scriptures.
Unfortunately, so many so-called churches today practice general charity that the individual member thinks they can give to the church and thus meet the requirement by scripture to do good works (Galatians 6:9;2 Thessalonians 3:13, ect.). It is the individual responsiblity of each Christian to do good to others (Galatians 6:10) and we cannot leave it up to a church to do good for us.
Too, we must be careful that we give to charities that will do some good for us. We must be sure that they are of good reputation and that most, if not all, of the money will actually go to meet the need we seek to fill. Giving to charity is not all that we need do either. We should be willing, if we are able, to help others any way we can, whether it be financially or otherwise. This is true of our brethren in the faith especially, but it is also true for others that we might meet on our journey through this life, looking to the life to come.
Let’s remember Galatians 6: 10: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” And let’s live by it, not looking to ourselves and what we might get out of it, but truly trying to help. By doing so we can make the world a better place and do the will of God, who has given to all of us more than we can possibly measure.
May God bless you and keep you until next time.