A Small Surrender Is A Big Deal

I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. I grieved at the words a consultant from another firm said during a client meeting, “Small gifts really aren’t that important.”

Even now, my stomach turns as I remember those words.  Any of us can become callous with listeners and donors in their spiritual journey. Today, I am probably more empathetic with people as they struggle to yield their entire lives to God’s purpose. As people, we struggle with holding tightly to money and material possessions. And then we don’t fully appreciate the victory behind each donation.

As we place our trust in God to provide our needs, donations are often a significant milestone in dying to self. We see the needs of others more important than our own, so we give.  We need encouragement to let self die—and so do our donors.

But that consultant from another firm ridiculedan incredible spiritual victory for the donor.

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? (Luke 16:10, 11, NLT: New Living Translation)

Jesus taught His disciples that faithfulness in small things opens the door for larger opportunities. Paraphrase: A small gift is a victory over self for those who support our ministries—so, let’s celebrate theirvictory!

Recently, I felt conviction to review and simplify my perspective on donor giving.  I started seeing Scripture coalesce around three simple points—all focused on the donor’s desire to surrender self. (If you would like the Scriptures that spoke to me about these points, just email me here.)

  • God owns everything and provides for believers—and, as believers, we feel we owe everything to God
  • Believers manage what God provides as a part of our discipleship journey (also known as Stewardship)
  • A donation is a loving responseto God

A loving response.So how do we reply to someone’s loving response to God?  Think it over with your team. Write the ideas down and let’s encourage and affirm your donor’s steps in dying to self.

Paul Martin
President – Advocace Media

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