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THE REASONS WHY PEOPLE ARE RELUCTANT, HESITANT AND STINGY IN GIVING BY NATURE
By Dr. John Williams
is very important to approach the whole subject of giving in a different way.
The questions that we should ask must include the following: What does
the Bible say about giving? How can
I be blessed more through giving? How
can I become a more liberal and sacrificial giver?
How can I develop a meaningful and challenging plan of giving?
What are the areas of giving in which I have failed to do my part?
It is also important to avoid asking the wrong questions such as follows:
Why everybody is asking for more money?
How can I give when I do not have enough for myself?
Why do people talk about money all the time?
It is also important to know why people do not give.
When once we identify the reasons why people do not give or are not able
to give, we can deal with those problems.
Why people do not give
People do not give for a various reasons and some of the key reasons are listed below:
Because of lack of love and compassion for others
If a person is full of love, the love will constrain him to give to others, particularly when he sees their need.
Because of lack of knowledge about the blessings of giving
Many people do not know how they can receive a blessing through giving. If they really understand that by giving a little they receive a lot more, they will probably start giving, at least for the sake of receiving.
Because of the influence of the spirit of stinginess or miserliness
There is such a spirit as the spirit of stinginess or the spirit of miserliness. Until and unless this spirit is cast out through prayer, counseling or deliverance they will not give.
Because of lack of gratitude or thankfulness
Many people in this world are not thankful or grateful to others for the favors they have done. They tend to forget it so easily and quickly. Therefore they fail to express their gratitude in a tangible way by giving something. The best way to express ones thankfulness is by giving something tangibly. Perhaps they should give more than what they received.
Because they do not make vows, commitments and covenants
Many people do not make any vows, commitments or covenants to give or do anything. Therefore they will never be obligated to give or do anything for any one.
Because of being lovers of pleasures
In the last days in which we live according to the prophecy in II Timothy chapter 3, people have become lovers of pleasures. Therefore they spend all of their resources for their own pleasure rather than alleviating the problems of others. Unless their values change they will rather have more pleasure than meeting the needs of others.
A weekly check list for giving
It is a good practice to give much thought to what we should give as tithes and offerings every week, review a checklist, record therein how we must give for each item, set aside that amount, take it to the next Sunday service and drop it off at the offering plate. Giving should not be a sudden, momentary or an emotional decision. The Bible Says in II Corinthians 9:7 that we must purpose in our heart what we must give. Giving is a very important act of our spiritual life. Without giving what we should be giving we cannot fulfill the commandment of love. The following checklist will be a very practical tool for growing in the area of giving and thereby receiving more blessings from God:
WEEKLY CHECKLIST FOR GIVING
For the week upto Sunday
KIND OF GIVING AND AMOUNT OF GIVING
b. Additional Earnings
c. Profits Made
d. Rent Collected
h. Any Other
2. Thanksgiving / Seed Faith Offering
(for a special blessing)
c. Prayer Answered
d. Special Blessing
e. Admission in school
f. Securing a Job
g. Preferred Job Transfer
h. Job Promotion
i. Driver's License
l. Wedding Anniversary
m. New House
n. New Car
p. Birth of a Baby
q. Any other
a. First salary
b. Profit from first sale
c. First month's rent
d. First day's profit
e. First quarter's dividend
f. First quarter's interest
g. First fruits from the garden
h. Firstling of the flock
i. First month's bonus
j. First month's raise in salary
k. Any other
Other Kinds of Giving
a. Vows made
b. Pledges made
c. Church building offering
d. Poor Fund
e. Designated giving (identify the purpose)
f. Missionary fund
g. Other ministries
h. Any other
In closing I would suggest that you follow all the key principles of giving mentioned in the Bible and develop a plan for giving. Giving should be well planned. How much are you going to give each week, each month or each year; to whom are you going to give; when are you going to give; in what form are you going to give should be planned well. It does not mean that you do not have to give for any other cause under any other circumstances. Your plan should be flexible to some extent in some areas to permit giving in certain emergency situations and contingencies. God expects us to give. When much is given much is required of us. Nothing belongs to us. God has given us what we have and he expects us to be good stewards of what he has given us. The Bible says that when we know to do good and do not do it, it is sin (James 4:17). After reading this book you have no excuse for not giving according to the biblical principles. The Bible says in James 1:22, “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”.