Giving During the Poorest Season of Your Adult Life
It is no secret that many college students do not have a lot of money in their bank accounts. Parents know this. Professors know this. And I am sure you know this. College life is not synonymous with prosperity. I remember at one point in college, my finances were so low that there was only one dollar attached to my name. Thankfully, I still had cafeteria meals and a roof over my head, thanks to room and board. Nonetheless, I felt like there was not much to save, let alone to give beyond my normal tithing. During my college years I thought very little about giving to the needs of others, and, as a result, there were many missed opportunities. This was due to poor thinking on my part. Here are some truths I should have meditated on more to help me grow in godly giving.
Use Money To The Glory of God
I did not know much about the “how” and “why” of giving. The Bible tells us that all we do should be to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). This means that as we spend and save money, we should think about what will please God and bring Him glory.
God Can Be Pleased With Small Gifts
One of the greatest financial hopes in the Bible can be found in Luke 21:1-4. Jesus saw the rich giving out of their wealth and a widow giving out of her poverty. Jesus approved of the widow because of her trust in Him. This should encourage us because it reveals that God approves small gifts. Sometimes we can think that a gift is unimportant because it is small, but the Lord reminds us that smaller offerings are also pleasing to Him when given with the right heart.
You Will Be Happy As You Give
Proverbs 22:9 brings great wisdom to the life of every Christian as it tells us that we will be blessed when we give to the poor. This truth can be difficult to trust at times because it is countercultural. The world tells us that we will be happy as we spend in order to satisfy our own desires. However, there is a peace and joy that comes over the one who sees the needs of others and digs down, not only in his heart, but also in his pocket in order to assist others.
Have A Cheerful Heart As You Give
Not only does God want us to give to others, He wants us to give with a cheerful heart. In fact, 2 Corinthians 9:7 goes so far as to say that God loves a cheerful giver. If we give but do so with pride, anger, or guilt, it is not an act that God loves.
People Will Praise God Because Of Your Giving
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 reminds us that God blesses the giver with more, so that more can be given. The people in Jerusalem praised God when they received the gifts from Achaia. It is amazing to think that big praise is given to God as we give away a little piece of paper. Even something as small as a cup of coffee can have a large impact on someone’s view of God. Therefore, if you want to be a light in the world and make an impact on your campus for the gospel, begin to give more to the needs of others. You just might encounter great opportunities to share your faith once people see your faithful giving.