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I knew something was up as soon as I opened my inbox to see a flood of messages from charities and Christian organizations reminding me it was Giving Tuesday and how much they counted on my support.
Sorry, folks, but Giving Tuesday is misguided. In fact, it’s five days late.
This special day comes after Pre-Black Friday sales, Black Friday specials, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
What’s God’s word say about giving? He expects our first fruits. Yet, does anyone else see what’s happening here?
We spend scads of cash non-stop for five days – THEN it’s Giving Tuesday.
How much money is left to give after the barrage of sales, specials, discounts, rebates, markdowns, closeouts, deals and purchases?
My guess would be, probably not a heck of a lot. But, that’s how the world operates and, sadly, so do many Christians.
They give out of their excess, not their abundance.
As a result, they never seem to have anything left over to give. They’ve gone and spent all their money. So, opportunities to give become “Maybe next month.”
Churches are very familiar with this game. “I can’t give much this month because I had to buy _____ (fill in the blank.”
What a different world we would have if just Christians would honor Biblical instruction to give first!
I suspect people would be astonished with the result.
Luke 6:37 quotes Jesus as teaching, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
As Christians, of course we don’t give to receive. We live to give.
God blesses us, and we bless others in return. When that becomes a habit, God’s cistern never runs dry. The pump always produces.
A lot of people don’t like churches because it’s “all about the money,” and rightfully so. Much of our lives is spent pursuing money, spending money and hording money. Jesus tells us that where our treasure is, so is our heart. (Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34)
The truth is, we can’t outgive God!
His resources are plentiful and never-ending. Within his kingdom is a vast storehouse that sustains his family – even in trying times.
The problem with giving is that it is a heart issue.
We don’t give, because we don’t trust God to ensure that we will have enough to live. So, we take matters into our own hands. We hoard “just in case.” We tell ourselves that we can’t give because we won’t have enough.
Yet, when we trust God with our money, he knows that he can trust us with his.
We may never be wealthy, but God opens doors, he bestows ideas and he reveals where the fragments are that everyone else overlooks.
But to see them, our hearts have to be aligned with God’s.
James 4:2b-3 warns, “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
People who give never go hungry. I’d like to say that people who sow or give into the lives of others are often astonished by what they receive back. But that’s not the case.
People who have the right heart toward giving, take God at his word. They trust that he will continue to provide more than enough to cover their needs and even some of their desires with money that’s left over. So, they continue to give more.
As a result, they aren’t surprised at all that they wind up with more than enough.
So, let’s move Giving Tuesday from the end of the Christmas shopping spree to the start.
Let’s push it to Thanksgiving and make it “Thanks For Giving Thursday!”
Like Proverbs 3:9-10 promises, “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
Doing so would make Thanksgiving much more meaningful, and ensure that our hearts are in the right place to begin celebrating the season of our Lord’s birth.