Biblical Reflections on Giving
You will have read last week that the lead up to Sunday 31 October has been designated as a time of National Giving by the Church of Scotland, and that all one-off donations made in this period will be available for our work at SSCB, and will not be included in our payments to the Central Church – good news for us all. This makes this a great season for us to prayerfully consider what we do with the resources that God has entrusted to us.
I’ve written a mini-series on ‘Reflections on Giving’ which will be published over the next 4 weeks as we approach the day. I thought I’d start by sharing some Bible passages that you may want to read and reflect upon as you prayerfully consider your giving during this period. They can help us to understand God’s purposes for the resources he has entrusted to us.
- Luke 12:13-21. In this passage Jesus tells a story of a rich man who stored up all his wealth for his own use. When he died he could not take it with him. Have a think about how this person could become rich in the sight of God.
- Luke 18:18-25. Jesus realises that the rich young man’s possessions stand in the way of him becoming a disciple. Jesus challenges the rich young man to give up his possessions. Why do you think that Jesus demanded so much from this man?
- Luke 19:1-10. Jesus visits Jericho and encounters Zacchaeus. This tax collector had cheated the h people by collecting more taxes that were required by the Roman authorities. When Zacchaeus experienced the grace of God in Jesus, this affected his lifestyle. How did God’s grace change Zacchaeus?
- Luke 21:1-4. Jesus watches the people presenting their gifts at the temple. Some rich people gave large sums of money. A poor widow offers one small coin. What was Jesus praising when he commended the widow’s offering?
- Acts 2:43-47 and Acts 4:32-37. The the early church a characteristic was surrendering individual possessions for the common good. What made the first Christians adopt this lifestyle?
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-15. Paul appeals to the Christians in Corinth by reminding them of the examples shown by the Macedonian Christians. Why did Paul commend their example?
National Giving Day – 31st October
Start praying and planning now. There’s no better time.
[from Cat Rawlinson-Watkins]