Does your lifestyle demonstrate a genuine love for others? Or does it shield you from the needs around you?

George Mueller said: God judges what we give by what we keep.

We need to ask ourselves, are we stewarding well what God provides?

Do we keep back money for selfish consumption that could be used to help the church, our persecuted brothers and sisters, the homeless, the widows, orphan, or refugees? If we are, we’re missing out on the joy that comes from giving.

Jesus called us to a new command when He said: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

God doesn’t need our money. He wants us to give because He loves us. He knows that as we learn to be generous we’re being conformed to His image.

Sacrificial giving draws us closer to Christ. It releases our grip on the things of this world. It allows us to see the needs of others with eyes of compassion.

Giving’s not merely a box to check in your budget – it’s an act of worship, a means of drawing closer to the Lord. It’s one of the privileges we have as believers – joining God in sharing His love and kindness.

My British friend, Matt Bird, says: Giving is an expression of the generous heart of God.

If you want to experience that kind of joy, begin by setting aside money each week to give to your church, to ministries and to the less fortunate. No gift is too small – if we give it in love, out of love for Christ.

If you want margin in your finances so you can give more generously, now would be a great time to check out our online video courses. To learn more, visit Crown.org or call the Crown Help Line at 800 722-1976.