In 2 Corinthians Paul demonstrates the call of stewardship to the Church in support of Macedonian believers. He says these words:
“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 in you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.” –2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (HCSB)
The hope and prayer of our church leadership and myself is that offering online giving will allow us to accomplish a couple of things.
First, it will provide the flexibility for our members to give how they want to, regardless of day or time. You’ll be able to give your tithes and offerings in several different ways. We have a link on our website where you can give. You can also give on our mobile giving app, via text message, or at the kiosks in the lobby that some of you may have already seen. Part of the flexibility we are giving you is the payment method you use to give. Of course, you’ll still be able to give via a check, even through our online giving platform. You can also give with a credit or debit card with any of the giving mediums I mentioned above.
Second, it will help all of us better develop a habit of giving regularly. Online giving is going to help us be better stewards by affording you the opportunity to give on a regular basis. You will be able to set up recurring tithes and offerings. How many of you pay bills online? This is much the same, but it’s not just paying a bill. It’s being obedient to God and fulfilling what He calls us to do.
Giving is truly a worship experience, and online giving can enrich that experience. Without it, we may miss out on an incredible way of becoming more like Christ, both as individuals and as members of His Church.
I love our church. I love our people. I love the Body of Christ that our church represents. And I love the opportunity to be faithful in our tithes and offerings to Him. As Paul reminds us, God loves a cheerful giver.