Here’s an excerpt from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian Church:
“But just as you excel in everything- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us-see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
~ 2 Corinthians 8:7
As you can see from the above verse, these people had already excelled in faith, speech, knowledge, complete earnestness, and in love. Yet, Paul still pressed them to ensure that they also excelled in this grace of giving. Why is that?
Paul answers that question in the next chapter.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
~ 2 Corinthians 9:6
Your giving regulates your receiving capacity: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Look at another Scripture: This one is from Jesus Christ Himself.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you“. ~ Luke 6:38
Here’s the point: For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Your giving regulates your receiving. If you want more out of your business, efforts, financial investments, marketing, hardwork, and intelligent work, then give more to God.
There are three areas of financial giving that you must work very hard to excel in: Your offerings, your tithes, and your vows.
First, your offerings
This is the most important and fundamental of all giving. Never ever joke with this. This is the most neglected aspect of giving today, yet it is the most important. Make up your mind to excel in this dimension of giving; you’ll be glad you did.
Below is a 7-point helpful guide on how to work hard at your offering in order to increase your capacity to receive from God. These guides are specifically for your regular church offerings.
#1. Decide on the most challenging amount you can handle – this is what we refer to as your Covenant Offering. It should not be easy, but it must not be beyond you. This will be the amount you will give at every offering time.
#2. Discipline yourself to stick with this amount – Do not give more or less.
#3. Diligently keep records of outstanding amounts whenever you fall short. When you do not have this amount during offering, note the date and the outstanding balance. Then as soon as you get the money, give it.
#4. Stick with this amount until it becomes very easy. You will know this by the fact that you always have it to pay, so that you are no longer accummulating debts on it.
#5. Create an offering fund where you save your decided amount. This should just be a dedicated envelop where you store your weekly offerings. Treat this envelop with reverence and never withdraw from it except your offerings.
#6. Move to higher amounts when you master any level. This must be done carefully and prayerfully. Each time you move up to new levels, you must diligently repeat no 2 to 6.
#7. Work hard on your business. After giving, go back into the business arena and be diligent there so you can reap the material fruits of your spiritual investments.
I’ve been practicing these 7 principles with regards to my offering and I’ve been blessed immensely as a result. I invite you today to work hard on Your giving, because it pays tremendous dividends.
God bless you.