Transformational Giving can pop up anywhere. In the last post I mentioned Paul Borthwick’s book, Western Christians in Global Missions. As I read this book I see Transformational Giving principles popping up all the time. But this is only because Transformational Giving has far more to do with our spiritual walk than just giving our money. As believers we are to live transformational lives (some call it The WholeLife Offering). So TG is one key component of Transformational Living.
Borthwick reflects this truth in a chapter of his book called “Sacrifice-Not Just Generosity”. He touches on the old truth that is “it is often easier to be financially generous than personally sacrifice.” (page 143. Western Christians in Global Missions). This truth is a big reason I am an advocate of our giving being transformational and not simply a transaction between parties.
Borthwick goes on to say that issues facing the world today are not solved by generous checks. They are solved by long-term work and sometimes sacrifice for the endeavor God has laid on our hearts. To illustrate this teaching Borthwick uses examples that are straight out of a ‘Participate-Engage-Owner’ type thinking. Let me give you a few quotes he gives as examples in his book.
In our world long-term sacrifice grows as we get involved. It can progress
· From dedicating thirty minutes a day to pray for the nations of the world, to building cross-cultural friendships, to going to serve in a multicultural organization
· From going on a short-term mission trip to reach children in a poor barrio, to supporting a child for forty dollars a month, to becoming a social worker dedicated to serving children.
You can see how these examples reflect the teachings that TG gives in regards to moving our champions from participants, to a level of engagement, to being owners of the cause.
A key word for our spiritual journey and in TG that Borthwick uses above is GROW. Growth is a long-term venture. One-time shots at it do not make it happen. I do not plant new grass seed and expect to mow my lawn the next morning. Our activity in God’s work must grow. And what is planted today does not bloom by morning. However, with work, progress and maybe even sacrifice we see fruit in the long-term. So don’t bail out early. Stick with your champions and be the example for them that long-term activity in their cause is where the growth is. Help them Own it.