How to Give #5 – #NoLack
Jen Combs | Wife of Lead Pastor
In America, we have so much. We do not mind giving when we have extra of something. We do not mind giving as long as it does not cost us something. However, we are taught when it comes to money, to just get more. The more you get, the better off you will be. Get, get, get, and stockpile it when you can. When you look at God’s Word He tells us the complete opposite. 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means…” The Macedonians gave when they were in extreme poverty and under severe affliction. They gave when they did not have much to give, and it cost them. However, God used it. Notice Paul talks about their abundance of joy. How can they have joy but be in such poverty? They trusted that God would take care of them. I love what verse 15 says, “As it is written, ‘Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.’”
When Josh and I first got married, I had never “tithed” or given money on a consistent basis to the church. This was something new and foreign to me that I had to learn about. Every week we would set aside a certain amount of money to give back to God, it is all His to start with anyway, right? Now when you are newly married and not making a lot of money (or in our case none at all because he was going to school and I had not found a job yet), that is hard to do. You sit back and watch your funds dwindling and nothing replenishing them. Things start to get a little nerve wracking, but we knew we had to give even if it cost us. We stayed faithful and kept giving sacrificially as God had called us to do. I believe because we were faithful, God used that opportunity to show His faithfulness. When I had written the rent check, knowing that was the last one I could pay. God showed up that week. He supplied a job. It is not as if I had not been looking. I had been applying everywhere. Kohl’s would not even hire me. Looking back now, God had a mighty plan, and 14 years later, I have not forgotten His faithfulness. See when you look at Scripture it tells us to give sacrificially. It is going to cost you something. Whether it is extra clothes, a new car, not buy the bigger house, or the new gun you have been ogling over, or you do not golf every week, the list could go on forever.
When you get a chance read Mark 12:41-44. It is not necessarily the dollar amount you give. This lady gave a “penny,” but that was sacrificial for her. For some of you who have more, sacrificial is more. A penny is not sacrificial to most of us. God wants you to give sacrificially, so He can show up and show you how awesome He is. He wants opportunities to show you His faithfulness. Are you giving sacrificially? Is giving costing you something? If not, I challenge you to start. I would love to hear all of the ways that God shows up. So please share, and email me at email@example.com