I am hearing so many great reports of what God is doing as people choose to put God first in the finances. Truly, when we learn to BE GENEROUS, it changes the way God is involved with our life.
So I wanted to write today about – Why I Give Online to Eastpointe.
Besides being the Pastor of Eastpointe, I’m also a member who generously contributes to the financial budget of Eastpointe. I give more than 10% of my pre-tax income to my church, and I wanted to share some of the reasons why.
First, I believe in the mission of our church, which is helping people WIN IN LIFE. I’m proud to be a part of a church that cares about reaching people far from God and helping them say “YES” to God one day at a time.
I get pumped every time I hear a story about a family put back together. When a student decides to follow Christ or a man who finally gets back in church, I know that my generosity played a small part in that. People’s lives are being changed in our Church.
Secondly, I want to be an example to my children. I’m so tired of hearing people complain about the younger generation…they are just following our example! I don’t want selfish children, caring only about their iPods, clothes, cars, and friends. I want my kids to care about other people.
That’s not gonna happen by accident…I have to be intentional about modeling that. I cannot tell them to care about others and then spend 100% of my paycheck on our own needs and wants. Parents, we’ve got to be responsible for teaching our kids to be generous, and we can’t do that if we are not generous ourselves.
Thirdly, I give because Jesus says where I put my treasure…that’s where my heart really is. Even the OT talks about bringing God the first 10% of our income, and obedience wasn’t an option.
In the New Testament, Paul writes about money. He tells Christians this: “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Every paycheck, we automatically give to our church because that honors God. We want to honor God, even when it’s difficult, even when things are tight. There have been times that we’ve gone without something, but we never forget to give to the church. I’d rob the mortgage company before I robbed God.
I do all of this online. I set up a profile on our website and it’s easy, automatic, and convenient. If giving is really important, then it needs to be automatic.
I want to encourage you to automate the important by setting up your online giving profile today. Log onto Eastpointe.tv and click the GIVE ONLINE link (top right). Then click the GREEN GIVE NOW BUTTON. Fill in the minimum information, and if you want it to be automatic, select RECURRING to have it automated.
Get ready for God’s amazing blessings. sbb