Helping Hands – Insightful Giving
Today is Giving Tuesday. Yesterday, I mentioned giving gifts that last and I promised to give some help in making good giving decisions.
What difference does it make when we give? That’s not rhetorical. It’s the question that should guide our giving. Are there many worthy causes? Yes! But are there places where one’s limited resources can make a difference? What places will make the biggest difference?
Helping Hands – Making an Eternal Difference
Let get to the bottom line as fast as possible. Let’s say I have $1,000.00 to give to a worthy organization. Is that best spent in medical research or on something else? Let me ask it another way. Is it best to heal the body or heal the soul? The body is temporary but the soul is eternal. So, I would suggest it’s best to use my available resources to heal souls.
I thought about listing names of sound, evangelical organizations. Giving good examples would mean I’d leave some group out. Since my goal is about a guiding principle, not a specific organization, let’s stick with that. When or if you know a group, ministry, or organization is reaching people with the Gospel then I’d say it’s good stewardship to invest Kingdom resources there.
Given the above, I can assure you there are many organizations worthy of support. And since I am not directing you toward one, even this ministry, what is the point?
Giving Tuesday is a bit like Thanksgiving Day. Should we be thankful every day? Yes. Should God’s people be a giving people? Yes. Sometimes we just need a reminder. Giving Tuesday, and posts like this, serve as reminders. I could take up a great deal of space listing organizations that are making an eternal difference by sharing the Gospel. My encouragement to you is pretty simple: Invest your temporary resources in eternal things. That is, according to Jesus, one way for us to:
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust does not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal.