1 Chronicles 29:14 (NKJV)
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
2 Corinthians 8:14 (NIV)
Paul wrote: At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality.
Our second year of seminary presented us with a fairly significant challenge, financially-speaking. Because of the generosity of some people, however, we made it through. After our vicarage (internship) year, we also experienced God’s provision in some remarkable ways.
The whole experience left us with a deep desire to give. We had received so much; I looked forward to giving back. So when I got my first paycheck, our first check was an offering to God – right back to the church from which I had been paid. We made it a practice to tithe, giving 10% of our income to the churches I served.
It might seem odd to give back to the church that was paying me, but that was our practice, and still is today. This is quite like giving an offering to God for anyone. God provides all that we have, and the means to gain even more. We have only what he allows us to receive, so when we give an offering, we are giving from what he has provided to us in the first place.
Whereas our experiences of financial provision vary widely, God’s provision of eternal favor and redemption is equal for all: Jesus has won salvation for us; anyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. In the meantime, whenever we have the opportunity to give any financial gift, it is because of his provision and favor. We who call Jesus Lord ought to lead the way in giving financially, for we know not only the daily provision for our needs, but also the gift of eternal salvation and life through Jesus Christ our Lord.