Giving

God calls us to steward the financial resources he has entrusted to our care. When we are generous with those resources it removes obstacles for accomplishing the mission to which we have been called.

Dwell in the Word: Matthew 25:14-30

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Dig Deeper

Have you ever experienced the joy of giving in a big way? What did that do to your heart? How did it bless another?

Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and the everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” What would happen in the world if everyone started looking at their money and possessions as belonging to God and not themselves? How could that impact the community?

Spend some time reflecting on the message this week and these additional Scriptures about why we are called to be givers.

  • I give because God has given to me. (James 1:17)
  • I give because I want to please God. (Matthew 6:21)
  • I want my faith to grow and my life to be used by God. (2 Cor. 9:8-11)

Dig Even Deeper

If you’d like to grow in the grace of giving, we want to empower you to get on a budget, get out of debt, save for the future, and make wise choices with your finances.

  • Financial Peace University is a 9-week class that can change your financial story in a matter of weeks. Starting Wednesdays, February 28th at Fairfax Community. Register here.

  • If you’d like to give to Fairfax Community Church, you can do so here: Give