One of the greatest legacies of faith in God my dad passed on to me was his faithfulness in giving and his trust in God’s provision. A lot of what my dad spoke to me as a child probably went in one ear and out the other at the time. The times though that he shared with our family how God had been faithful to us as a result of his commitment to giving to God has stuck with me throughout my life.
Giving to God and His work through the local church is not only an act of obedience but also an act of trust. And these acts not only bless others through the church, they bless our children through the legacy of trust in God we exemplify. I learned at a young age, because of my parents obedience to God in finances, that I could trust God in EVERYTHING. I learned that He was a faithful God who takes care of His children and always provides for us even more abundantly than we can imagine - even when those provisions don’t come the way we expect them.
Hebrews 11:39-40 says this “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” The Message paraphrases it like this: “Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.”
Our faithfulness in finances affects not just us. It is a legacy. It is all part of God’s bigger story. It unifies us. We get to see God’s faithfulness to us in our giving, but it’s all playing into God’s grand plan. Our financial faithfulness NOW is a lasting legacy for our children, our grandchildren, our church, our neighbors, our community. It is a story to share. A story to rejoice in. A story to build not just our own faith in God, but the faith of God in others. What stories of God’s faithfulness to you in your giving are you sharing with your family and others? Will your faithfulness in finances be a part of God’s great story?