“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
Today is GivingTuesday and it has me thinking about why we give. I know that people are motivated to give for a multitude of reasons. As I reflected on why GivingTuesday matters (and why giving matters, in general) this verse from Hebrews came to mind: do good and share with others. And as I thought about this verse, I thought about the whole of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ. Giving is at the core of what it means for me to be a follower of Jesus. Jesus gave of himself. And if I no longer live for myself but for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-15), then am I not called to give? Over and over again in Scripture the call is to love others, to give, to serve, to share, to sacrifice, to be generous, to be hospitable, to feed the hungry, to provide shelter, to care about justice for the poor, to seek the common good, to seek peace and restoration of relationships. We, who follow Jesus, are called to give of our time, our resources, our talents, for the good of others, compelled by love of the one who gave everything for us. I am thankful daily for the many ways that people and churches have given generously to our family and have partnered with us so that we may serve in Colombia. Thank you for setting the example for me.
Today I give, because I am reminded that it is my privilege as one who has experience God’s love so abundantly to share that love in tangible ways. And so my encouragement to us today on this GivingTuesday, as well as tomorrow and the next day is to find ways to give generously, to share with those in need, to be hospitable, to seek justice, and love others.
“Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.” Hebrews 13:16
Links to giving opportunities that partner in Colombia:
Covenant World Relief – Responding to human suffering and injustice in the world for more than 65 years
The Colombian Covenant Church – Consider ways that you can partner with ministries of community development, leadership training, rehabilitation and restoration in Colombia
Covenant Cares – as an individual, or as a family, there are a multitude of ways to make an impact in the lives of others