Giving to God is an investment, not an expense
People have a tendency to hold tightly to their money when it comes time to give to their church because they look at giving to God’s work the wrong way. They see it as an expense rather than an investment. When you give to the work of God, you are not losing your money, but merely giving it so that it can multiplied back to yourself in the end. The return on your investment may not come in this lifetime but it will come in the next.
You cannot view you giving as a financial expense or a financial burden. God has promised a return on your investment to His work. He that sows sparingly will reap sparingly and he who sows generously will reap generously (II Corinthians 9:6). God applies the principle of sowing and reaping to the act of investing in His church. When you sow, you reap and how much you reap depends upon how much you sow. If you sow nothing, you will not get anything back; if you sow only a little, you will get only a little in return; if you sow greatly, you will get much in return.
People have to rewire their thinking when it comes to investing financially in God’s work. Whenever you give to the local church, you are not just giving – you are investing. You are investing in God’s work; you are investing in the Gospel; you are investing in people's lives.
Investing is what keeps companies alive and thriving; why would it be any different with your church? Statistics show that 20% of churchgoers give 80% of the church offering, 30% give 20%, and 50% don’t give anything at all. The financial weight is born by 50% of its attendees and 80% of that weight is born by only 20% of the congregation. Why are so few willing to give so much and so many willing to give so little or nothing at all? People view giving all wrong and they need to rewire their thinking when it comes to investing in the work of God.
When you invest financially in the church, you are partakers of its fruit just as stockholders are partakers of a company’s success and growth. The souls that are saved, the lives that are changed, are all added to your account. You cannot lose sight of the overall picture. God promises return on investment to those who invest in His work. This is why people are willing to invest in missionaries. He that ministers seed to the sower ministers bread for your food and multiplies the seeds sown (II Corinthians 9:10).
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over shall men give into your bosom" (Luke 6:38). Jesus never said that the return on your investment would be financial. Just because the return comes in a different form other than money, doesn't mean that there is no return at all.
When you give your money to God's work, you are not giving it away, you are investing it in God's work, you are investing it in the Gospel. The church needs you to invest in it if it is to survive, thrive, and grow. Investing takes sacrifice and it’s accepted according to what you have, not according to what you don’t have.