Giving to Good Shepherd
Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
A life of generosity – for all who know Christ – means the opportunity to draw closer to God now, and in eternity. It means joy, a fulfilled heart, and the potential to store up treasures in heaven. Once you take hold of it, once you begin to feel the change generosity brings into your life, you will feel a strong calling to share this message with others.
Obedience to Scripture
We give because God told us to. The Bible teaches about offering a tithe (or tenth of our income) as a radical minimum standard of what giving looks like. Think of it as training wheels for living a generous life.
We give because we desire to cultivate generosity within ourselves – and where our money goes, our hearts are sure to follow. Obedience will always precede epiphany, so we give even before we desire to give, knowing that God will honor our obedience by creating within us that very desire. You become a cheerful giver the same way you become a cheerful jogger; you desire to do it and you start.
A Sense of Gratitude
We give because giving is an act of worship. If we are clear about who the owner really is, we give out of the pure joy and appreciation that we have anything to give at all. Giving is no less an act of worship than singing songs of praise – it is a direct act of faith in the character of God.
Using Temporary, Finite Resources to Build an Eternal, Infinite Kingdom
We give because we recognize that nothing we can have will last forever, but that we have the opportunity to use these fleeting things to contribute to something that can. God can and will use our finite resources to accomplish His eternal purposes. We give because, ultimately, the only way to take our wealth with us into eternity is to give it away while we’re still here on earth.
Other Ways to Give
The “Automated Giving” program through Vanco Payment Solutions enables every household or individual to give their church offering by using electronic funds transfer.
If you are interested in this method of giving, click here to download the Automated Giving form or pick one up at the church office. You can turn the completed form into the front office or mail to:
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Attn: Donna Duckworth
4800 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92604