The Spiritually of Giving

The Spiritually of Giving

Theologian Henri Nouwen, Dutch Catholic Priest and Theologian, writes:

“Have you ever raised funds for your church, or some other organization, or a mission program? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate money. It’s time to change the way you view this important task. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a ministry.”

He believes we should approach fundraising from a position of strength rather than weakness, seeing it as spiritual work.

“Fundraising is precisely the opposite of begging,” he points out. “The core of fundraising is casting a compelling vision that people want to be part of.”

Author and Christian Broadcaster, Melody Gabriel, says:

Over the years, I’ve learned different reasons as to why Christians give. One is the concept of “Stewardship”. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.”

We are asked to take care of what God has given us, to share the blessings we have received with the less fortunate, and to serve others with love. 1st Peter Ch:4 verse 10 states: “Like good stewards of the manifold Grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”

Time, Talent, Treasure

She goes on to say:

“Another idea I learned within Christian Stewardship is to give of the “3 T’s” – our Time, Talents and Treasure as we are able.

Our time is precious and cannot be stored up like grain in a barn. Once a moment passes it is gone forever. Your gift of time is unique, because you are the only one who can give it.
All of us have special talents or gifts, which are a sign of the power and majesty of God, who can do all things. These talents and gifts are not given to us just for our own use, but are given to us for the enrichment of the lives of others and so that we can serve God better.

St. Peter in his first epistle tells us,

“Each one of you has received a special grace, so like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others.”
Your gift of treasure is a direct gift only you can give. Remember the words of St. Francis of Assisi: “It is in giving that we receive.”

In the end God works in our world one person at a time. The hungry are fed, the thirsty are refreshed, the naked are clothed, the sick are treated, the illiterate are educated, and the grieving are comforted, just one person at a time. You have the opportunity to be that one person to someone who needs what you have to offer. And what you have to offer is never small and insignificant. We should be using our gifts to represent Christ in the best possible way. We need to be stewards of our time, our treasure, and our talent—all three.