Why Give?

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Thank you very much for giving financially toward the vision and mission of Green Bay First. In a practical sense, if it wasn’t for committed people within our body, we wouldn’t be able to fulfill the purpose God has for this church. The apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 4 that “we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” We, as the Body of Christ, are held together by what every member supplies. This includes talents, giftings, love, encouragement, and many other intangibles. However, it also includes the very tangible gift of finances.
 
I’m amazed at what I hear come out of the mouth of those that claim to be Christians at different times. One of the misconceptions I hear the most is “the church just wants our money!” Well, if you take the “just” out of that statement, it’s true. The fact is, existing as the church takes money. It takes money to have a building. It takes money to do outreaches. It takes money to keep the lights on. So, yes – we want your money – but that’s not the end of it! The truth is, God doesn’t need your money and we are confident that He will take care of us no matter how much you give. In the end, what God wants is your heart, and we want the same thing.
 
Jesus said it this way in Matthew 6 and Luke 12 – “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What is He saying? He’s saying that He’s not after your money. He’s after your heart, but He knows that the two are tied together. He knows that if He can get you to give of your money, your heart will follow.
 
Giving 10% of your income after each paycheck (tithing) and giving above and beyond that to missions, the building fund, and other things (offering) is not about the money. It’s about what the giving of that money represents. It’s about what the giving of that money says to God. When we give to the Church, we’re saying to God, “I trust you. Even if it’s going to be tight and I’m not sure we’re going to have enough to make it this month, I trust you.”  It’s about placing our trust in God and not ourselves, our job, our ability to earn wages, or our paycheck. When we do that, God is faithful to provide what we need. 

May the Lord Bless you as you give!