Giving – First Priority
Are you feeling the tension between giving and saving?
Most experts talk only about increasing your savings, not your giving. Yet, the Bible clearly instructs us to make giving our top financial priority. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” To honor the Lord, we put Him first by giving. This is not because He needs our money. It’s because we need to be conformed into His image. He is the greatest giver of all time. Our giving is a demonstration of our love for Him, that we care about His kingdom and that want to do good for others.
The way we do this is to make giving an automatic action off the top of everything we earn. This habit helps break the grip of materialism in our lives and it places us in a position of dependency on the Lord. The Bible does not promise wealth and prosperity, but it does assure us that we serve a God of abundance and we don’t have to fear when giving. He will abundantly provide for all our needs, and when we have an increase, our giving should increase as well. At the same time, the Bible also teaches us to be like the ant and save. This discipline should come after we’ve established the habit of giving from the top, and if you have any consumer debt, make a plan to get rid of it. Just remember, it’s not your top priority either. Giving is.
If you want to give more but have credit card debt, I recommend Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan specifically for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.