The following is from Jack Graham's daily devotions and I thought this was too good not to pass on.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
There was a man who was telling a deacon of his church one day, “The church just costs too much! We have these nice facilities, a pastoral staff, and are always doing things for the community. Why do we have to spend so much money?”
So the deacon said to him, “Let me tell you a little story. A number of years ago, a little boy was born into our home, and that child began to cost us. There were diapers, food, and all of the costs that come with a little baby. And as he grew, there were sports fees and activity fees. When he became a teenager, he began to eat us out of house and home. Then he decided he wanted to go to college, and we were poor for four more years.”
But he said, “His senior year at college, our son was killed in an automobile crash. And since then, he hasn’t cost us a dime.”
The deacon’s point was this: Anything that is alive will cost. And if the Church is to be a living and viable influence in the world, it must have the resources it needs to do so. So support your local church financially as a living, breathing organism, so that it can make a real impact in the world!