It’s baseball season! Our favorite MLB teams are vying for a chance at the World Series. T-ball tykes, high school and college sluggers, church and business league players have been giving it their best through the hot summer days. A true ball player doesn’t shy away from a challenge. When the stakes are high and the challenge is big, a winning player is anxious to get in the game and on the field. That winner’s plea is, “Put me in the game, Coach!”
If you have ever been on a championship team, you know that it only happens with the whole team holding nothing back. They give it all they have. They give their best, and leave it all on the field.
Giving is different than serving.
Jesus speaks specifically about the impact of our financial attitude on our lives.
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21
“Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.’” Mark 14:41-44
Jesus is deeply interested in and aware of our hearts to give to His Kingdom.
The significance of the gift is in what we have left.
Levels of Giving:
Contributions (anything less than 10%)
Offerings (the tithe plus)
Sacrificial (Giving that actually costs me—“giving till it hurts”)
Hilarious (Giving above and beyond until it really feels good)
“Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.” II Corinthians 8:1-5
“Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.” II Corinthians 8:7
“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.” II Corinthians 8:9