More on Giving
At CityLight we encourage each follower of Christ to prayerfully consider and evaluate what God the Father, through the Spirit, is calling them to give. Giving generously should be an active and intentional piece of our regular worship and service to our King. Our aim is to be Christlike in our generosity – ‘who although He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, so that we by His poverty might become rich’. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most generous gift ever given – when the King of Glory gave up everything in order to reconcile us to God. When this Gospel takes root in our lives, we gladly become poor, giving sacrificially of our lives to enrich the lives of others. In so doing, we remind ourselves, and demonstrate to others the great generosity of our abundantly good God. (2. Corinthians 8.9-10, 2 Corinthians 9.7).
Additionally we see in scripture numerous teaching for each believer in regards to money. Scripture provides encouragement so that we can:
- Give cheerfully and joyfully – demonstrating an overflowing of love for our God (2 Corinthians 9.7)
- Give our first fruits – meaning we give of our best and also that we give so that we rely on God to provide the remainder of our needs (Deuteronomy 26.2, Proverbs 3.9)
- Give humbly – not looking for praise but seeking eternal rewards. (Matthew 6.2)
- Give regularly – to remind ourselves of His provision to us continually. (1 Corinthians 16.2)
- Give sacrificially – so we reflect the way Christ gave to us. (2 Corinthians 8.9-10)
In addition to encouraging us, Scripture warns us of the many pitfalls of money:
- Money, or riches, can easily become an idol. We can to easily rely on our resources to feel secure or provide an identity for us. The lure of money attracts us in a variety of ways – whether it is the perceived safety net it provides, the power it can bring, or the material things it can buy. (Matthew 6.19-24, Luke 16.10-13, 1 Timothy 6.10, Ecclesiastes 5.10-12)
- How we practically manage, spend, give or save our money can potentially expose these idols and help break their hold over our hearts. (Luke 16.10-13)
We believe that as Christ followers we are called to financially support our local Church & Elders in carrying out God’s vision for the body. In addition, God calls us to demonstrate mercy & compassion through giving aimed at caring for the widowed, poor, needy and foreigner in our community. (2 Chronicles 31.4, Deuteronomy 26.12, 1 Corinthians 9.8-14, 1 Timothy 5.17-18, Luke 8.1-3, Isaiah 58.6-12, Deuteronomy 26.12, 2 Corinthians 8-9)
How else can I give?