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‘Share Your Giving Stories’ by Randy Alcorn #LAFruits Devotional

Reading: Jonah 3, Psalm 27
@thelafamily August 31

Share Your Giving Stories

It’s increasingly common for Christians to ask one another the tough questions: How is your marriage? Have you been spending time in the Word? How are you doing in terms of sexual purity? Have you been sharing your faith? But how often do we ask, “How much are you giving to the Lord?” or “Have you been robbing God?” or “Are you winning the battle against materialism?”
When it comes to giving, churches operate under a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. We lack communication, accountability, and modeling. It’s as if we have an unspoken agreement: “I won’t talk about it if you won’t, so we can go right on living as we are.”

Think about it. How does a young Christian in the church learn to give? Where can he go to see what giving looks like in the life of a believer captivated by Christ? Why are we surprised when, seeing no other example, he takes his cues from a materialistic society?

We’re to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). Shouldn’t we also be asking how we can spur one another on toward giving?

Some may object, “But we don’t want to compare each other’s giving.” Paul tells the Corinthians of the Macedonians’ giving, saying he’s making a comparison to motivate them (2 Corinthians 8:7-8).
Scripture tells us not to give in order to be seen by men (Matthew 6:1).

Certainly we should be careful to avoid pride. But Jesus also said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).

Through an unfortunate misinterpretation of biblical teaching, we have hidden giving under a basket. As a result we are not teaching Christians to give. And they’re lacking joy and purpose because of it. Unless we learn how to humbly tell each other our giving stories, our churches will not learn to give.

The above is an excerpt from ‘The Treasure Principle’ by Randy Alcon. To download, please click here