By Mary Garrard

As Lay Leader, I am involved in our 2016 Stewardship Program and thought I would share a few of my thoughts on how “Giving” is an integral part of our Christian walk of faith.

  • In Colossians 3:17, Paul reminds us, “And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Give is an action verb; it requires us to do something.
  • Generous givers are not the people with large bank accounts, but the people with a large view of God. Generosity has nothing to do with how much money you have. But it has everything to do with your view of God. If you struggle with your giving, it may be because your God is too small. The bigger your God, the easier it will be for you to give.
  • When we give generously, we do so because we truly believe God will reward us one way or the other. How does God reward his generous children? Might be with: answered prayer, deep inner joy, new friendships, more opportunities to give, a new revelation of His power in our lives, amazing miracles, peace that passes all understanding.
  • When we give generously, we’re saying, “Lord, it’s all yours anyway.”
  • When we give generously, we’re investing in the Kingdom that can’t be shaken.
  • When we give generously, we’re declaring, “There’s a lot more where that came from.”
  • When we give generously, we’re laying up treasures in heaven.
  • In 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Paul says, “Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty to help others.”

I would like to encourage all of us to remember what Jesus says in Luke 6:38, “If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving – large or small – it will be used to measure what is given back to you.”