Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why Do You Give?


Remember this: the person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart - not out of regret or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:6-8

There is serious talk in our government about reducing tax deductions for charitable giving. Does that matter? It will matter to virtually all religious and nonreligious charities in this nation, because it will likely reduce the amount corporations and other large sustaining donors give to those charities.

In an opinion peace published at ChristianPost.Com, Dr. Richard Land put it this way, "The proposal to further cap charitable deductions in the federal tax code is a threat aimed like a dagger at the heart of America's charitable nonprofit entities, secular and religious. It will weaken most, kill many, and harm all" So, it will matter to people served by organizations like the Red Cross, St. Jude's, etc.

Will it matter to you?  The proposals of our government will probably not effect most of our giving, because the cuts in deductions are related to those making over a quarter of a million a year. Most of us don't make that kind of money, but what if the government cuts the deduction for all charitable giving? Will your church see a drop in contributions?  Will missions suffer?

The answer reveals your heart. If you cut your giving when you no longer get a tax break, you were not a cheerful giver in the first place. You were motivated, but only by self-interest. You may have been generous, but you were selfishly generous.

If, however, they take away the deduction and you continue to give as God directs, with cheerfulness of heart, you will have demonstrated your faith. You will prove that you trust Him, that you believe that "God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work."

If this happens, it will not be easy or pleasant. It will be a test. Yet, every test and trial is a matter for joy for the Christian. Our Lord promises that He will use every test and trial to prove and improve our faith and the Character of Christ within us, to His glory and for our good.

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