Sixteen out of the thirty-eight parables concern themselves with our view and our handling of money and possessions. Sixteen out of thirty-eight! Now, I hope you are supporting your local church, but I would encourage you to help support this program as well. We count on your generous donations to help keep us on the air.
In 2 Corinthians, chapter 9, Paul is speaking to the Corinthians, when he says, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
First, give thoughtfully. This is the idea of planning. Giving is not impulsive. Why? Because it is an act of worship. It’s not based on an emotion or impulse. It’s something to decide in forethought. Have you done that? Have you decided to give to God first?
Second, give willingly. Not reluctantly. Never give out of a sense of guilt — that is not an act of proper worship and giving to the Lord. Do it willingly, because your heart is there.
Third, give voluntarily, not under compulsion. Do you enjoy someone pressuring you to buy something? No. If someone is compelling you to give, that’s not the time to give. We’re to consider it. Make sure your heart is in the right place for giving.
And fourth, give cheerfully. God loves a cheerful giver. Why? Because we are more like Him at that moment — He is a cheerful giver. God gives us His grace, mercy, and forgiveness cheerfully. When we give cheerfully, our security is not bound up in our possessions; our security is in in our Heavenly Father. That means we can give knowing He will take care of us. When you’re faithful to Him, He is faithful to you.
This raises the question of where does your money go. Now, I don’t believe Christians should give only to the local church. I do believe that Christians should give first to their local church. As a pastor of a local church, I will answer to God for what we do with those gifts. The same is true for this ministry. I do not take any salary or funds from The Worthy Walk. These gifts are meant only for helping to fund the vision and mission of providing resources to help lead people into a relationship with Christ and transform their lives so they walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. This ministry has been, is, and will continue to be about that mission.
So, I encourage you to continue to give first to your local church. And let the Holy Spirit lead you as you make the decision to help support The Worthy Walk.