Thursday, February 12, 2015

The generous fundraiser

As a fundraiser, your regular hope and prayer is that your contacts will become donors who give generously.  You're constantly looking for people who see the blessing of generous giving and understand the Biblical encouragement to give generously for the sake of the Kingdom.

But have you considered that the first place you should look to find such generosity is your own budget?

"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you." -Jesus, Luke 6:38, ESV

Jesus's words here are plain: there is a direct correlation between your giving and God's giving.

What is the prerequisite for God's giving?
It's your giving!  "Give, and it will be given to you."

In what proportion will God give?
We're not given a specific ratio, but it is truly packed in there!  "Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap."  In other words, God fills up his giving to your capacity, finds a way to give still more, finds yet another way to give still more, and then when you really can't take any more, He just keeps on giving!

How will God measure how much is appropriate?
God starts His calculations by examining yours.  "For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."

Are you giving generously?
Those who raise financial support are not any less blessed by giving generously or any less encouraged to give generously than any other Christians.  In fact, fundraisers should be models of generous giving since we ourselves have been given so much - and continue to be given much month after month after month!

Paul wrote of the Macedonian church, "For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord . . . and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us." (2 Cor 8:3,5)  You, fundraising missionary, have already given yourself to the Lord.  Let your generosity not end there.  Let's be the most generous givers on our support teams!