Generous Giving: Winning the Battle for God's Resources
Dear Fellow Investors and Friends,
You may recall a previous article of mine, “The Battle for God’s Resources.” I wrote about the spiritual battle surrounding the funding of Christian ministry and described how the battle strategy of limiting ministry resources not only means limited impact, but also limiting Christians’ growth in their wholehearted devotion to God.
I want to follow up with an encouraging word on generous giving which pastor and author Gordon MacDonald once described as “a transfer of ‘wealth’ (service, money, or one’s personal, caring presence) from one person to another in a spirit of love, sacrifice, and gladness.” I believe that this description lines up well with 1 Timothy 6:17-18:
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
Not many of us would probably consider ourselves rich. But if you consider yourself in relation to the rest of the world (even after different cost of living factors) using “Global Rich List” at www.globalrichlist.com, you might feel quite differently and read this passage of scripture in a new light. If you scroll down the site, you can also see some interesting facts that may change your perspective.
As an ADF investor, you have demonstrated generosity by investing a portion of what God has entrusted to you for building Alliance churches where lives are being transformed and His Kingdom is advanced. I know many of you also demonstrate generosity in your giving of financial gifts as well as in gifts of service. Thank you!
May we together continue to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share, and may we continue to encourage others in generous giving. By doing so, we can increase the impact of our personal ministries and those ministries we care about and help our fellow Jesus followers grow in their wholehearted devotion to God.
Please share your thoughts by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are always welcome.