The Bible has a lot to say about giving. In fact, giving is so important that it is talked about more than almost any other topic in God’s Word. It is fundamentally an act of worship to God. It’s one of the ways we express our great love for what God is doing in our life.
“Giving is an integral part of our relationship with God…”
• It acknowledges God as the provider, supplier of everything we have.
• It reflects our trust that He will continue to provide for us.
• It shows us how to be a part of His work here on Earth.
• It is a way for us to follow through on what He commands us to do. In the Bible, God tells us to,
“Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best.” (Proverbs 3:9 MSG)
“We give out of obedience to scripture, we give out of a sense of gratitude, and we give in the knowledge that God will use these temporary, finite resources to build an eternal, infinite Kingdom…”
If you’ve attended any Sunday service at Summit, you’ve no doubt heard these very words used to express our philosophy on giving. It is our desire to cultivate the kind of generous hearts that would be a tangible reflection of the character of God to our community. Understanding why we choose to give is the first step of that journey.
“OBEDIENCE TO SCRIPTURE…”
We give because God told us to. We give because we will never reach the full potential of what God has called us to do, if we don’t meet the radical minimum standard of obedience. We give because we desire to cultivate generosity within ourselves – and where our money goes, our hearts are sure to follow. Obedience will always precede epiphany, so we give even when we don’t desire to give, in the hope that God will honor our obedience by creating within us that very desire.
“A SENSE OF GRATITUDE…”
We give because we believe it is a direct act of worship. If we are clear about who the owner really is, we give out of the pure joy and appreciation that we have anything to give at all. Giving is no less an act of worship than singing songs of praise – it is a direct act of faith in the character of God, about which we are singing.
“USING TEMPORARY, FINITE RESOURCES TO BUILD AN ETERNAL, INFINITE KINGDOM…”
We give because we recognize that nothing we have can last forever, but that we have the opportunity to use these fleeting things to contribute to something that can. God can and will use our finite resources to accomplish his eternal purposes. We give because, ultimately, the only way to take our wealth with us into eternity is to give it away while we’re still here on earth.
Walker Ministries is committed to living out what we teach, and this is no less true of how we treat money. This ministry has committed to giving away a tithe as soon as the money comes in, and before it has the opportunity to go elsewhere. This giving takes many forms, including (but not limited to) regular support of ministries, Israel, widows, orphans and individual gifts of benevolence.
We choose to make specific gifts for a variety of reasons. We give as an expression of mercy for both our local and global community. We give to invest in other agents of change as our vision align. We give to promote justice for those afflicted by disease, hunger, and poverty, against which they have no means to defend themselves. And sometimes we give as nothing more than an act of extravagant love – the same love which we have never deserved, but receive all the same a the hands of our Savior. This we do in faith that God will continue to provide all the resources we need, if we continue to be faithful in living out the ministry to which he has called us. We take joy in the opportunity to be a vessel of financial support for others who are about the business of doing God’s work.
Make consistent giving an essential ingredient to your walk with God. Putting God first in your finances is a sign of maturity in the faith. It reminds us that God is the owner of all we have and we are merely stewards of the resource.