Many years later, I would begin to experience the joy of giving by dropping my donation in my home-church’s “giving jar”, and yes.. it felt awesome! One of our early home church decisions concerned being good stewards with God’s money from our “giving jar” and investing it into the Kingdom’s work. We prayerfully decided to donate to the World Vision Clean Water Fund. It’s unimaginable to think of children going without the basic need of drinking water and yet in many poor countries, this is sadly the case. World Vision has an extensive ministry to the needy but one of the reasons we chose their ministry was the option of choosing where our money would be spent. As good stewards of God’s money, we should sow in abundance with what we can afford but also choose wisely where we sow. You wouldn’t take your paycheck and gamble it half-hazardly overnight in Vegas, would you? When choosing organizations to donate to, one of the most important things we looked for was how much of our donation went directly to the cause and to the needy, rather than to the organization. We didn’t want to support an administration with extravagant lifestyles while the children went thirsty. World Vision met our expectations with a high percentage of our contribution going directly to digging wells and providing a life or death need… drinking water to the thirsty.
As Christians, we should have a giving heart and be ready to move when the Holy Spirit leads us to give whether it is our time, money or talents. Yet, especially new Christians need to be careful they are responding to the voice of God and not the coercing of man. Sadly, there are those whom seek means for supporting their own extravagant lifestyles rather than meeting the needs of those they should have hearts of passion for. I recently came across an article on the newsfeed of a former Hollywood Film and Marketing Executive, Scott Neeson who gave up 26 years in the film business and multi-million dollar career, sold “all his possessions” to put his time and energy into making a better life for the garbage dump children of Cambodia. Now, I don’t know if Scott is a Christian, but his act of compassion is truly Christ-like and should be the heart of every missionary.
Mr. Neeson was asked what he feared the most for his Cambodian children and he replied, “If all of a sudden life became about getting an iPhone, the latest app, it would be a real shame. There is a real innocence to the joy here. It’s uncomplicated, there’s no entitlement, there’s such rawness to life.”
From this I realized that those who to us seem to have so little, in reality are so much more richly blessed in spirit than we are here in America. If only we could truly grasp the concept that the only thing we’re entitled to is death and it is only by the mercy found at the foot of the Cross we receive life in abundance. That doesn’t mean we shall be abundantly wealthy in a worldly sense… rather like the Cambodian children, we shall be richly blessed in spirit.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
© By S. A. Tower 2015