Treavor Dodsworth CFP®, CPA, CKA®
#87 - Should We Talk About Our Giving?
I have often wondered if we need to be more open with our giving.
This past week I read in 1 Chronicles 29 how David gave large gifts for the building of the temple. His giving was in full view of many others. What was their response? They also gave willingly. 1 Chronicles 29:9 says “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.”
It appears David’s giving spurred on others to give. Together they gave willingly and with rejoicing.
If we bring this concept forward a few thousand years, my giving has been influenced by the giving of others as well. Charitable giving is something I discuss at least briefly with every one of my clients. When I saw how much a client was giving and how they had a plan to increase giving even further, it was part of the encouragement I needed to increase our level of giving as well.
Many know the scripture Jesus spoke in Matthew 6: “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Was this a universal command to never share about our giving? I doubt it but I will humbly admit I am not a biblical scholar.
Should we talk about our giving? I’m not trying to fully answer this question but rather bring it to your attention as a question to ponder. We know giving should be done with love. Also, we know giving can tempt pride so caution is definitely needed.
What are your thoughts?
Interesting Article(s) or Video(s)
National Christian Foundation - 7 reasons to talk about your giving
John Rinehart shares his perspective on whether giving should always be done in secret.
Thank you for reading!