Stewardship is about life transformation; about opening our lives to the power of the Holy Spirit. Healthy giving is as the heart of healthy discipleship, which is why we talk about giving first and foremost as a spiritual discipline.
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Among the characteristics of a healthy giving discipline are:
- That giving is sacrificial: Whenever our giving becomes comfortable, it is usually a sign that God is calling us to grow.
- That we give of our “first fruits”: Our giving to God is not what is left over; the spare bills that we have in our pocket. It is a gift that comes right off the top, representing the best that we have to offer.
- That giving is regular: Because we give from the “first fruits,” our giving does not rise and fall with the economy or the time of year. We give consistently and dependably. Our money is not a weapon to withhold when we are unhappy about something going on in the church.
- Giving is joyful: We cannot share our resources grudgingly or resentfully. Our giving is one of the ways that we open ourselves to the grace that God is always offering us. By embracing giving as an opportunity, we invite the Spirit of God to guide and empower the process. And God leads the process, there is no telling where we will end!
All of the important work of our church is made possible through your gifts. Churches that are not engaged in healthy giving will never be healthy churches. They will always struggle, not just financially, but spiritually. Please give generously!