We are greatly blessed by you who generously give through us, and we are greatly blessed to give generously to our ministry partners. At MEANS we orient our entire ministry around generous giving. We love giving because in giving, we honor God, who created all, sustains all, and owns all—including our resources, gifts, talents, time, education, income, and our whole entire lives. Take some time to meditate on the following reminders that God gave giving itself to us as a gift with a specific role in gospel-transformed lives.
Giving is a form of worship. Giving reminds us that “the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1). We are in awe that the Creator God has entrusted us with resources that ultimately belong to him, in order that we might steward them well and bring Him glory. We worship the Savior and Redeemer who uses every gift—big and small—to meet the needs of His children around the world, demonstrating His heart for the poor (Psalm 9:18). We are humbled that the Sovereign Lord who created, sustains, and owns everything would invite us into cooperation with Him.
Giving empowers good deeds. When we give, we participate in providing an abundance for our ministry partners to have an “abundance for every good deed” (2 Cor 9:8). It is a blessing to enable ministry partners overseas in performing God’s call for them. Through our giving, God fuels good deeds.
Giving as a testimony. How we give, save, and spend makes a statement to the world and to those closest to us about who we believe God is, and what we believe his purpose is for our lives. We self-examine our hearts and pray that the Holy Spirit search our hearts, and guide us into decisions that make the statement that God is great, God is good, and God is trustworthy! Let us allow giving to reveal in our lives where our biggest investments are made, monetary terms as well as in terms of our time, energy, and affections. And, may the Spirit find in our lives worthy of the gospel, spent standing firm together with one another, striving for the faith and for the Gospel (Phil 1:27).
Giving as an antidote to covetousness. As social media, movies, TV, billboards, and other advertisements permeate our culture, our hearts can tend towards covetousness, or desiring for ourselves what doesn’t belong to us. We can exhaust our souls by our hearts’ constant drive to do more, to have more, or to experience more. Life can soon become about us, and making our own empires great. Giving heals and protects our hearts, by disciplining us to let go of earthly possessions and measures of success and stability, and instead to cling onto God as the source of our identity and security and all we have (1 Cor 4:7). In doing so, the Holy Spirit prunes our hearts of selfish ambition, and in the process we learn something about the heart of God we wouldn’t have been able to discover before. How great is God’s heart that he would design human beings to draw delight and blessings out of being a blessing to others!
Giving reflects and invites God’s heart. In Luke 6, we receive this command and promise from Jesus: “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap.” (Luke 6:38) Generous giving excites the heart of God; praise the Lord for his eagerness to fill us to overflowing as we posture our hearts and lives according to His delight. Pastor John Piper made this observation, “You can’t out-give Jesus. When you spend your life for others, your needs will be met. ‘My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:19)” (“Served in Serving Others”, Desiring God).
Thank you for participating with us in ministry—may we continue to grow deeper in His grace.
Contributor: Faith Cheng, MEANS Volunteer