One study found that people give to causes for one of six reasons—to make a difference; because they are grateful for the privilege to give: because they share the mission of those who ask; because they’re overwhelmed by the need; because they want the recognition; or they want the tax deduction of giving. Why were the ancient Israelites so generous in giving resources to build the Tabernacle? Perhaps they were grateful for their recent deliverance from Egyptian slavery. Perhaps they appreciated the purpose of their gifts—to build a worship center where God would meet with them to have fellowship. Or perhaps it was their anticipation that the Tabernacle in their midst would mean God was present to protect and provide for them. These were all good reasons to give. But perhaps the most telling reason is the statement we find in Exodus 35: “All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord.” When we reflect on how many blessings God has given us, including the death of His Son to pay our sin debt and give us eternal life, our inner spirits move us to give as God has given to us.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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