Ten Reasons NOT To Give To the Church

There are no Good reasons to stop giving to the Lord. This message is for God’s people who want to hear God’s Word on the subject of stewardship and who want to obey that Word. All reasons aimed at explaining why someone has stopped giving to the Lord are self-serving reasons and without Christian motivation. This month we continue with Reasons 2, 3 and 4.

2. DON’T GIVE TO THE CHURCH IF YOU THINK THE CHURCH JUST WANTS YOUR MONEY.

No one has ever been denied Baptism, a seat in our worship services, the consolation of the Lord’s Supper, the comfort of absolution for their sins, nor the spiritual counsel of our pastors because they did not give enough!

            The Church DOES want something. It is what God Himself wants. St. Paul said it of the Macedonian Christians, “They gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. “ (2 Corinthians 8:5). God and His Church want something much more valuable than your money. We want you! We want you to give yourself to the Lord. When that happens, neither you nor the church will need to be much concerned about the giving of money.

            Jesus praised the widow who have her last two pennies to the Lord, not because of the amount of money she gave, but because she gave everything she had; she gave herself! (Luke 21:1, 2).

3.   DON’T GIVE TO THE CHURCH IF YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE GREAT COMMISSION OF THE CHURCH.

“Christ, our Lord, was very specific about what the chief business of the Church was to be. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28: 19-20).

            This is what the Church is committed to do with the monies that are given to it. Ours is a ministry of preaching and teaching God’s Word in order to call people to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning death and resurrection. We are committed to do this throughout the world!

The only reason to give money for the carrying out of God’s work through the Church is if you accept this commission, if you are willing to shoulder a part of that task our Lord has commissioned us to do.

4.   DON’T GIVE MONEY TO THE CHURCH IF IT REALLY DOESN’T MAKE YOU HAPPY TO GIVE.

Happiness is not our goal in giving. Our goal is to honor and serve God, but happiness is an indicator of whether we are giving to God in the right way and with the right intention. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Happiness in giving comes from knowing that God Himself underwrites our giving. He is the One who is amply providing us with all that we need to do every good work. We are given the added blessing of happiness when we live in accord with God’s Will. His Will is that we give as lovingly and generously for His glory, not under any kind of emotional or psychological compulsion from the outside, as He loves and provides for us.

Look for reason Reasons 5 and 6 next month.

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