This chart compares our giving to our budgeted needs. It is a joy to be part of a community that delights in honoring the Lord Jesus through our generosity.
As Jesus said in Acts 20:35, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." This is a fundamental aspect of God's nature - He delights in giving. He gave His one and only Son to pay the penalty for our sinful thoughts and actions. Even when we didn't deserve it, God sacrificed His most precious possession to save us from what we deserve. We all have things in our lives we hope no one ever finds out, but God's grace and love cover them all. This is the best of news!
When we become children of God through faith in the Lord Jesus, our desires are transformed and we want to be more like Him. This includes giving of our time, talents, and resources to honor Him and serve others. We want to see His name proclaimed and His kingdom expanded, so we give.
Do you believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive, as Jesus said? If so, let's continue to give generously and joyfully, knowing we are following in the footsteps of our loving and giving God.