Why do we love giving to our church more than to anywhere else? Charities here and there. People in need here and there. There is nothing wrong when it comes to giving to charities or people in need. It’s always a blessing to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “
But I want to talk about why we love giving to our church more than to anywhere else.
When we give to charities, we are helping organizations to raise money and be able to have resources to help people in need. When it comes to calamities, or feeding programs, or addiction programs, giving to charities has always been a BIG help. Personally though, these resources don’t usually last. It can only help for a specific period of time and a specific period of difficulty.
As for when we give to the church, we are helping our church to have the resources to build more churches, send more workers, missionaries, pastors, etc., produce tracks and paperworks promoting the gospel, and the big picture here is, we are helping our church to spread GOD.
God is always more than enough. There is no doubt about that. Giving to our church is an expression of our faith in God. Think about the resources that charities will give when there is a calamity, food to victims of typhoon perhaps, will only be temporary. But giving through my church’s charity will not only help my church give food to victims of calamities, but will also reach the poor and needy with not only physical food, but also spiritual food. Charities may produce addiction lifelines like counseling for the drug addicts and alcoholics, but the church will not only provide the counseling part to these people, but will also bring them GOD, Who, if we accept with all our hearts, can change our hearts completely without having to go through the struggles of withdrawals from substance abuse (I’ve known people who were drug addicts and alcoholics who were completely changed by God without having to struggle.) We can help charities for the sick to provide money for research, medications, etc. But our church can bring the healing touch of God to the sick.
The only problem why some people do not believe in giving to the church is because they lack faith in God and rely more in people, or in the system, or in the government. I believe God is the best resource for everything. If we help our church give to others so we can spread the gospel, we are not only giving something that is perishable, just like food, if you will. We are giving them something that will help them live forever. Just as what the saying goes, "Give a man a fish, and he will live for one day. But teach a man how to fish, and he will live a lifetime," (Lao Tzu). In other words, we can keep on giving to people, but clamities, temptation, and poverty will always be there. But if we teach them about Jesus, they will live in a way where they have someone to lean on forever, no other but Jesus.
Sad part is most people in this world has never even tried Him. Don’t get me wrong okay, I’m not saying it’s not good to give to charities, I also donate to charities, but most of the time, I donate through my church who also gives to charities so that I have not only helped my church to give material things, but also to provide more for the spiritual needs of people. 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” It is my expression of faith in my God. And God blessing us back because of our giving is a bonus part of this act.
2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”