Summary: Giving our time, talents and treasure on purpose. We give them to something, because we never have any left over, but do we really give on purpose?
Giving on Purpose – December 15
We’ve spend the past couple of weeks talking about the purpose that God has for our lives. The next couple of weeks we will continue looking at some specific areas in our lives in relation to God’s purpose. Today we are talking about “giving on purpose.”
When you hear the word “giving” what do you think of?
(allow time for some responses)
A lot of people do tend to think about money when they hear the word giving. A lot of people also think about money when they think about churches. Have you ever heard someone say (or perhaps you have said) “churches just want your money”?
Joke: Two men were marooned on an island. One man paced back and forth worried and scared while the other man sat back and was sunning himself. The first man said to the second man, “aren’t you afraid that we will die here?” “No” said the second man, “I make $100,000 a week and tithe faithfully to my church every week. My pastor will find me.”
There’s a lot more to giving than just money.
Let’s consider the lives of Mary and Joseph for a moment. They were chosen by God to be the parents of the Savior of the world. How did they react?
Mary replied saying “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever He wants.”
Joseph was still willing to take Mary as his wife, despite the fact that the baby she was carrying was not his.
They could have been selfish and said “this is my life, and I’ll do what I want.”
They trusted God and were obedient to Him.
Here is how I would like us to define “giving on purpose”:
“Using God given abilities to manage God given resources, to accomplish God’s purpose.”
God has given us all different resources, and although they vary from person to person, they all fall into one of 3 categories:
Let’s take a moment to look at these three areas:
1. Time – Do some people have more time than others? No, we all get
24 hours (or 1,440 minutes) in a day.
7 days (or 168 hours) in a week.
365 days, or 52 weeks (or 8,736 hours in a year)
The only different is in how we choose to manage our time.
2. Talent – Do some people have more talents than others?
I think the amount and type of talents vary from one person to another, but we all have talents. Some of us use them while others ignore them.
3. Treasure – Do some people have more treasure than others?
It does vary from person to person, but again…a lot has to do with how well we manage it.
We all give our time, talents, and treasure to something, but do we give them on purpose?
How do we give on purpose?
1. We must give sacrificially (v. 6)
Consider the ham and egg breakfast – the chicken contributes, but the pig gives sacrificially.
Luke 21:1-4 – widows mite
2. We must give without expectations (not reluctantly)
“I’ll give, but I better get something in return”
3. We must give gladly (v. 7)
This all sounds good, so what keeps us from doing it?
Most likely we’re afraid of one of three things:
1. We’re afraid of giving up the control.
Sometimes we’re a lot more like children than we realize. Have you ever noticed how children think when it comes to toys? If it’s mine, it stays mine, if it looks like mine, it’s probably mine, if I played with it, it’s mine, if I played with it and set it down and walked away, it’s still mine.
Even as adults, we often don’t overcome our childish ways.
Joke: the roof of the church hall of a little Swiss church, at the turn of the 20th century, was falling down. So the members of the church held regular prayer meetings in the hall after the service to pray for funds to repair the roof. There was an old man, known to be very tight with his money, who used to attend and sit near the back of the hall. He could sneak out just before the collection plate came around at the end of the prayer meeting. One Sunday, he got held up talking to someone in the hallway before the service and could only find a seat at the front of the church. During the prayer meeting, a piece of the roof fell and hit him on the head. Feeling spoken to by the Lord, he stood up and said “Lord, I’ll give 1,000”. A voice at the back of the church was heard to say, “Hit him again Lord!”