Our attitude to what we have can shape us as we think about being disciples on the Rule of Life. We are challenged by this to think around how we give, how much we give, how we give it and what our view of how this money is spent. This page helps us think through some guidance from the Bible on your attitude to gifts.
In the Bible we are told ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine’ declares the Lord Almighty (Haggai 2:8). What we have is a gift: jobs, savings, pensions, borrowing, homes, possessions, large or small. It’s not our money.
So we need to think about the words we use which frame and shape how we think and feel about stuff. In our best moments, as we kneel with humble hearts and open hands we instinctively know what the Bible teaches that: “all things come from you and of your own do we give you” (1 Chronicles 29).
Disciples believe we give because we have first received all things from God. The Bible word for this is grace, the very word Paul uses for his financial offering for Jerusalem which is a response to God’s gift, God’s grace (2 Corinthians 8:9). Grasp this, mind our language and we change the giving conversation completely.
To give in our Rule of Life means to give up our pride of owning stuff and to receive and see what we have as all God’s gift. If we can do that we can start to think about how we give generously and with gratitude which we explore elsewhere in this course.
If you are to develop as a good giver then you need to think about gratitude. Being thankful and giving with a cheerful heart is an important lesson we can all learn from the Bible. Here we explore part of a letter written to the church in Corinth to see what this says about being grateful.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 1
If you believe God owns everything and has given all that we have then the impulse to be generous will inevitably be strong within you. Here we explore some stories to help us think about generosity and how we can be generous in our response to all that God has given.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 0