Generosity & Perspective
The Bible is replete with stories and examples of generous giving. We all know about the widow’s mite in Mark 12, or the passage in Luke 6:38 where he says, 38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For me, the most remarkable story of giving is when God gave his only son to die on the cross for my sins. Now that is sacrificial giving!
As I think of generosity and perspective, I am reminded of the old proverb that goes something like this; I complained about not having shoes until I met a man who had no feet. Most Americans live in abundance if we compare ourselves to others around the world. At TPCS, we are blessed beyond measure in so many ways. We have had a history of generous donors that make so many things possible that otherwise would have been delayed or impossible to do.
Maybe the biggest blessing of your generosity is the contrasting imagery of contributors to consumers. Parents and grandparents who have modeled generosity to their children will reap bountiful character blessings in their child’s future. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (ESV) 6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. The widow’s offering reminds us that generosity without discernment is not commendable. Self-sacrificial giving to misguided causes doesn’t please the Lord. TPCS takes stewarding your generosity seriously.
Matt. 6:21 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. As an example of this, Derek Mount, a 2020 graduate, had this to say about TPCS. “What if I told you that your gift to Traders Point has an even greater impact than you might imagine? What if I told you that your gift has the potential to change lives? Traders Point had a huge part in planting the seed and developing my faith. The staff and teachers poured into me, spoke truth, and showed Christ’s love to me daily. This influence played a major role in my decision to accept Christ. TPCS will always have a special place in my heart because of this.”
This year’s Day of Giving is Tuesday, October 26th. On this day, your gift is combined with the gifts of others to make the greatest impact. Will you join us?