03 Dec Consumer Giving
We live in a consumer-driven society. It’s all about what I am getting, and getting it HOW and WHEN I want it. Even during this ‘season of giving’ it is easy to become swallowed up in the buying frenzy.
We usually want to only pay for what we consider ‘services rendered’. And if we’re not happy with what we’re getting, we withhold payment. That is why in the secular economy so many service providers need to build up-front payment or 50% deposits into their contracts. I also noticed this with providers of extra-mural activities for children – the swim school and the drama teacher has to explain every year that even though there are no classes in July and December, you must still pay the monthly fee because it is calculated towards the total lessons for the year. And the teachers still have to eat during those months too …
We are so used to living in a consumer-driven society that even our giving in the church seems to have been influenced by it.
Has the thought ever crossed your mind that you only have to put money in the offering collection on the Sunday’s that you actually attend? Are you convinced that you don’t have to tithe for the months you are away on holiday? If you don’t like the way the church has organised something, does that affect your giving?
Let’s remember that the church is not a grocery shop or your local plumber. It is the gathering of God’s children. And ultimately we don’t give to people, we give to demonstrate our dependence on God. Out of gratitude for His provision in our lives. We may give physical money to a physical local church. But Jesus sees this as a spiritual act of worship towards Him. We show that we trust Him more than money.
So let me ask you: Does God go on holiday? Does He ever take a break from being good towards you? NO! God remains faithful to us because that is just the way He is.
Psalm 121:3-4, 8 (NIV)
He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV)
If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
Let us also remain faithful to Him in our giving. Whether you receive a monthly salary or have a project-based income, God honours the firstfruits of all we earn. And He undertakes to “… rebuke the devourer for your sake …” (Malachi 3:11)
Give – and trust Him. He’s got you!