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The joy of giving

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Under: Reflections

This morning I was interviewed as part of some research on charitable giving at Northumbria University. I was asked about which charities I give to, how I give and my motivations, which was a great opportunity to reflect.

I haven't always given to charity and for me it's been a process of growing in my faith, trusting God more, appreciating what he's giving me, and realising that what Jesus said is true - it really is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20: 35).

There are a number of things that motivate me to give:

  • I recognise how blessed I am and that, on a global scale, I'm rich and therefore in a position to be able to share with others.
  • It's a matter of being obedient to God. It's his desire that I'm generous with what he's given me. Jesus says in Matthew 10: 8 "Freely you have received; freely give."
  • Giving financially in a consistent and committed way helps me to cultivate a generous attitude in all areas of life - with my time, attention, prayers and possessions.
  • Giving generously helps keep a looser hold on money and material possessions so that they don't become idols in our lives. In our consumerist, greedy and materialist society, this is a profound witness to the radically different values in the Kingdom of God.
  • Generous giving encourages good stewardship, responsible use of resources and reduced waste which is more sustainable and better for God's good creation.
I have recently been learning about the Five Marks of Mission and decided to make sure that my giving invests in each area:

  1. Evangelism
  2. Teaching / discipleship
  3. Justice
  4. Compassion
  5. Creation care
There's always more to learn and we can never out-give God, but it was great to have this reminder that giving is a huge joy and privilege.

"One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty."
Proverbs 11: 24

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