“Why I give financially to the local church”
Do you wanna hear a story? I love stories.
You see, in addition to being the founding pastor of Journey Church, I’m also a financially contributing member. I give at least 10% of my pre-tax income to my church, and I wanted to share two stories that show my reasons why.
I believe in the mission of this church. I’m proud to be a part of a church that cares about reaching people far from God. I’m proud to be a part of a place where the mission is to help people know God, find freedom, discover purpose, and make a difference. Every time I hear a story about a family put back together or a teenager who decides to follow Christ or a man who finally gets back in church, I know that my contributions played a small part in that. People’s lives are being changed and this church is a part of that. Jesus said that our treasure would follow our heart, so because my heart is with this church, I want to financially support it.
Secondly, I give because I want to be an example to my children. I don’t want selfish children, caring only about their iPads, clothes, cars, and friends. I honestly believe that when I’m gone, my greatest contribution to this world will be raising kids that care about other people. And 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.
Thirdly, I give because I trust God when He commands me to. In the Old Testament, God commanded his people to tithe, and obedience wasn’t an option. In the New Testament, Jesus talks a lot about giving and money. 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 month, 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 cancel the contribution 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 chose to make my monthly contribution automatic. It’s convenient, and it keeps me from forgetting to do what’s really important to me.
If you call Journey home, I want to encourage you to automate the important by setting up your online giving profile today. You can learn more about it here at journeyorl.com/give or you can set it up by clicking on the button below.
Thanks for taking the time to read, and for helping us change lives.
You know what’s crazy? There’s more stories where these two came from (we couldn’t fit them all). And you know what’s crazier? There’s more stories yet to be written. But you know what’s the craziest! You and I get to be a part of them!