Monday Meditation – Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.  In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:34-35 NIV

A viral video I saw the other day showcased a homeless person who was given $100.  Without him knowing, the giver of the money followed him to see what he could do with the money.

The homeless man went into a store that advertised its selection of alcohol.  The cameras didn’t follow him into the store but waited for him outside, wondering what he was buying.

The homeless man came out with several plastic bags full.  Again without the man knowing, the person who gave him the money followed him to see what he had down with it, what had he bought.

The homeless man ended up passing out his bags to his friends also living on the streets.  When asked what was in the bags, the men and women opened them up to show that their friend had purchased and given them food.

His explanation when asked, “They were hungry.”

This Giving Tuesday – give!

You don’t know what good can be and will be done with your generous donation.  Supply your needs and the needs of your companions on “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”  In between those days is a Sunday.  How can you fill other’s needs in your church ministries? And on Giving Tuesday, help the weak among us, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Giving to Support United Methodist Beliefs

Giving

Many of the year-end giving appeals you receive are about increasing tax ramifications for one’s financial gift. These are important and support many great causes. However, as Christians we also realize the spiritual significances of our year-end financial giving to the ministries of our local churches and non-profits.

Year End Giving

Giving is an act of worship. It is an act of faith, of planting what future generations will see grow to fruition.

Our connectional giving provides support to our leaders who face the daunting task of steering the Church towards a common goal of faithfulness, forgiveness and making disciples for Jesus Christ. Connectional giving supports our efforts to minister to a hurting world.

We have organizations within our denomination dedicated to aiding the needy, healing the sick, comforting the stranger and addressing social ills. Our giving helps support these.

The needs are genuine. We are and always have been a connection of believers in need of one another’s generosity.

“For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us,” 2 Corinthians 8:3-5 NRSV

As United Methodists we are dedicated to these causes. As a denomination we are called to support them.

Investing financially in what God has given us a passion for is one of the ways to participate in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. God gives to us so that we might give. In giving we can fulfill our purpose in life – to love as God loved us.

During this time of gift-giving, let us remember our ministries that mean so much to us. As much as God has given you, provide good stewardship and give!

To learn more about how to give, where to give, and the impact of your donations, visit www.umcgiving.org