I’ve heard it numerous occasions, after a person tells the church the gathering is, “separate and apart” from the Lord’s Supper, he tells them we’re “commanded to give back on the first day of the week.” Lots of people have been given the impression that they must put one thing within the assortment plate every week, so they provide as a result of they really feel they shouldgive. This can be a actual drawback the church wants to deal with.
God Loves a Beneficiant Giver
In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul is writing to remind the church that that they had promised to ship a big monetary reward to the church in Jerusalem. Apparently, the Corinthian church had been very “confident” (9:4) and full of “zeal” (9:2) once they promised to ship this huge reward. In reality, different church buildings had been impressed to present based mostly on the Corinthians’ promised generosity (9:2).
So, after all, Paul needs the Corinthian church to satisfy their promise. It will be “humiliating” (9:4) for everybody if Paul confirmed as much as accumulate the reward they promised to ship, however the elders of the church stated, “Oops, we’re not ready” or, “Oops, we changed our minds.”
However regardless that Paul is encouraging them to satisfy the promise they made, he additionally doesn’t need it to return throughout like he’s forcing them to present. He doesn’t need them to really feel they had been obligated to present within the first place or like he’s twisting their arms to do one thing they actually don’t need to do. He needs it to be a “willing gift, not an exaction” (9:5).
For this reason he writes these oft-quoted phrases in 2 Corinthians 9:7,
Every one should give as he has determined in his coronary heart, not reluctantly or underneath compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
We regularly deal with the phrases, “cheerful giver,” however can we ever cease and think about the phrases, “under compulsion”? God doesn’t need anybody to present something, “under compulsion.” He doesn’t need us feeling compelled to present. He needs us to present as a result of we need to, not as a result of we really feel we’ve got to.
Cease Compelling Folks to Give
After we inform the church, “You’re commanded to do this,” we’re compelling them to present. We’re telling them they don’t actually have a alternative within the matter. It’s virtually taking a set by “exaction.”
If God doesn’t need Christians giving out of compulsion, then we must always most likely cease telling individuals they need to give as a result of they’re commanded to present. That shouldn’t be the explanation anybody provides. Nobody must be made to really feel like placing cash within the assortment plate is their obligation to satisfy whether or not they need to or not.
Are We Commanded to Give?
“But,” some will argue, “doesn’t 1 Corinthians 16:2 command us to give every first day of the week?”
On the primary day of each week, every of you is to place one thing apart and retailer it up, as he could prosper, in order that there can be no accumulating after I come.
This passage can also be written to the Corinthian church in regards to the very beneficiant reward Paul was planning to gather for the church in Jerusalem.
Paul is instructing them on accommodate fulfilling the promise they made. In different phrases, Paul isn’t instructing them about giving usually, he’s saying, “Because you made this promise, here is how you should fulfill your promise.”
There are most likely a number of functions the trendy church may make from this passage. The primary day of the week is a superb time to accommodate our giving as nicely. In any case, the church within the twenty-first century has much more wants than the church within the first-century as a result of there are hundreds of thousands extra of us than there have been then. The primary day of the week is a superb time to accommodate accumulating regardless of the church decides to present to help all of its on-going ministry and good works.
Give As a result of You Need To
Let me be very clear, there are lots of causes for Christians to present generously, however nobody ought to give as a result of they really feel compelled or obligated to present. We share our monetary sources with one another so we will minister regionally and globally to one another and to the world. Doing so is a blessing in and of itself; but when somebody’s coronary heart isn’t in it, they shouldn’t be compelled to take part.
Perhaps once we stand earlier than the congregation and put together to take up a set, we must always say one thing like, “The money we collect is helping to change the world in the name of Jesus. If you’ve decided in your heart to share in this work, then this is your opportunity to do so.”
Not solely would one thing like that be extra biblical, however we would additionally discover Christians are much more beneficiant once we cease making an attempt to power them to present and permit them to precise generosity from their very own hearts.
I like you and God loves,