The most important decision you or your family will make during our Go and Grow project will be the decision about your own giving commitment. How do you know what God wants you to give? Here are some suggestions.
As you pray about your contribution, keep in mind that we want to encourage a couple of things:
Equal sacrifice, different amounts
Obviously, everyone doesn't have the ability to give the same amount. However, God does want all of us to make a genuine sacrifice for Him: "I will not sacrifice to the Lord an offering that cost me nothing." (2 Samuel 24:24)
Consider giving in all three ways
We have defined three main ways to give to the Go and Grow fund, and ask everyone to think about all three:
- One-off gift
- Extra regular donations for 36 months
- An interest-free loan (also for 36 months)
Most of us can give far more than we initially think by giving it over a three year period. More importantly, you will grow more spiritually if you develop the habit of consistent, weekly giving: "On every Lord's Day you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn." (1 Corinthians 16:2 Living Bible)
Each of us has a choice to make, which it is helpful to approach in two ways:
- REASON - This means I look at what I have, work out what I can afford (what is “reasonable”) and commit that amount. However, it does not take faith to give by reason. Reason simply asks, “What can I afford?” So on its own, giving based on REASON will not cause me to grow spiritually.
- REVELATION - This means I determine my gift by praying, “Lord, what do You want to give through me?” This kind of giving requires faith and God promises to bless us when we give in faith. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says: “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
Suggested Steps for Seeking God’s Guidance
Begin by praying every day specifically asking God how much He would have you give. If you're married, pray together with your spouse.
Give yourself time to hear from God. We will be receiving pledges over the next 3 weeks, so there should be plenty of time for you prayerfully to consider this. You'll find that the longer you genuinely pray “Show me how”, the more ways God will show you, and you'll be able to give more than the first amount that popped into your head.
If you are married and have a family ask your family members to suggest creative ideas. Be sure to involve your children, no matter how young they are. This is a great opportunity to teach generosity and faith. If you are single talk things over with a close friend or with your 2-4 group. The sort of questions we can ask include:
Regarding our one-off gifts:
- How much money could I raise in the next few weeks?
- Is there anything I could sell or convert to cash?
Regarding our monthly commitment for 36 months:
- How can I decrease my expenses in order to make a larger commitment?
- Are there expenditures that I could delay?
- How can I increase my income in order to make a larger commitment?
- How much am I willing to trust God for?
Come to a decision on the total amount you'll give. We recognise that this is a big step and it will take an act of faith. But we want to do this with joy in our hearts, because God loves cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:7), and recognising that everything we have comes from God and we are only giving what is already His (1 Chronicles 29:14).