Having a willingness to give is a byproduct of a growing faith. We are told in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” Also, Deuteronomy 16:17 says, “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.” As we recognize the indescribable and immeasurable gift we have received in salvation through Jesus, our hearts overflow with desire to give likewise to others.
There are many wonderful blessings found in giving to meet the needs of others. We often have many gifts to give, including our time, our talents and our treasures (money and items). Think about each of these buckets of resources and how you can share them for the blessing of others. Here are steps to grow your buckets so that they overflow with giving to others.
Assess what’s in your time, talent and treasure buckets. Stewardship is defined as the job of supervising or taking care of something. Ultimately, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. In order to be a good steward, we must understand what we are managing and have the right purpose in doing so. Ask yourself how you’re managing the time you have and block out some of that time for serving others. What skills and talents do you have and how can you incorporate that into serving others? What stuff do you have that you can share with others? How can you reduce your standard of living and increase your standard of giving?
Create margin so that you can give more of what’s in your buckets. Often our desire is to give, particularly as we mature as Christians, but we don’t proactively create the margin to be able to do so. Think about your time; Are there specific things you do that you can reduce, affording you the time to serve others? When you free yourself up, God will fill that time with wonderful opportunities! Think about creating financial margin so that you are free to give more. By reducing your debts, managing your spending, and growing your wealth you are able to create margin that you can use to bless others!
Make a plan to give from each of these buckets and execute. Now that you know what you have in each of these buckets and you’ve created margin to give more of it to others, make a plan to do it! Make your plan specific, allocating actual amounts of time and money for the benefit of others. Build these amounts into your ‘time budget’ and your financial budget. In Malachi 3:10, God’s word promises that if we, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”
May God richly bless you as you seek to be a good steward of the time, talent and treasure resources He has entrusted to you!