Recently, one of our younger members watched her grandmother placing an envelope in the collection plate and asked, “Why do we have to pay to come to church?” Her wise grandmother responded that we don’t have to pay, but that we want to share everything with God.
We may give to other organizations because we approve of their mission, or because they provide a service that we appreciate. Giving to the church is different: We give because giving is how we respond to God’s generosity, and one way that we aspire to give our whole selves to God.
Generosity is a gift in itself. Not only are we blessed that we have the resources to give, but we are blessed with the spiritual need to give. Generosity is truly inspired.