I recently listened to Darin Hufford’s series on giving. When I first saw the topic, I wasn’t very excited. I’ve heard enough sermons on giving to make me decide that I don’t want to hear any more. Anyway, I decided to give Darin a chance and see what he had to say. I’m glad I did because he has great insight and instead of producing shame and guilt, in my opinion, what he said produced greater freedom and joy.
Some of the great points he brought out were:
“Anything given or done under any other motivation than love is not true giving.”
“If you have your eyes on receiving, you do not have the heart of God yet.”
“It doesn’t take great faith to give. It takes great love . . . It’s extremely Old Testament to unite faith with giving. When you unite faith with giving, you kill it.”
“You are supposed to now get the joy out of giving and let others receive.”
“If you’re giving for the sake of giving, you’re under the law and there’s no power in that.”
As with everything Darin teaches, I found this series opened my heart to understand more of God's nature and His heart regarding giving.