READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Almost all churches have the same problem not enough money. Faced with too many bills and insufficient offerings, church leaders ask, “How can we raise the funds to keep our doors open?”
David Dethmers, in his recent book Revive Us Again, talks about a church that has found a solution to its money problems. They have instituted an “ecclesiastic lottery.” Every Sunday morning, after the offering is taken, the deacons bring the money up front, not for prayer, but for the drawing! The pastor selects one envelope and whoever the winner is receives ten times what he had contributed that day. The method is supposedly working like a charm and people are giving more generously than ever.
Well, this method might “work,” but it appeals to our selfishmotives. Other churches try to raise money through bake sales, car washes and soup suppers, etc. All those methods, however, are based on the assumption that the church needs our money. However, as Paul mentions in our Scripture today, cheerful giving is not based on the church’s need to receive, but our need to give. Cheerful giving understands that our giving to God is an expression of our gratitude to God. God doesn’t need anything from us. The real need is ours to express as lavishly as we can, that we love God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for all that we have. We know it comes from You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.