An old hymn celebrates that when we turn our eyes upon Jesus the things of this world grow ‘strangely dim’. I often think of this line in times of trouble. But reality is: this truth needs to be lived regularly not just in hard times. Think how life on a daily basis changes for the believer when the day is spent looking up to Christ.
There is a small book on giving called Plastic Donuts. Jeff Anderson is the author and he tells of the joy he and his toddler had one day when she gave him the plastic donuts from her play kitchen. Watching the joy she had as she looked in his face as she gave him these toys donuts changed his view on giving to God. One quote from his book says,
“After the plastic donut encounter I had with my daughter, my views on giving changed. I saw more clearly why the joys of giving seem so elusive. It is hard to experience it without looking up to the Father. Often instead of looking up with my gift I was looking down.”
That’s when the word to the old hymn hit me. Turn my eyes upon Jesus in all I do, and the things of this earth will dim. In other words LOOK UP into the Father’s face.
Teaching TG and living it can help people look up to whom they give, not down to what they give from. Look up to Christ not down at the check book.
Maybe look at it this way…in finances we always look at the bottom line. That’s ok we need to see the bottom line (I am a bottom line kind of thinker myself). But to see the bottom you always have to look down, that’s why it is called the bottom. May God help our giving to be turned upside down and we look up first before we look down at the bottom line.
You know Jesus already taught us to turn our thinking upside down in the Sermon on the Mount. Let’s do some upside down thinking in giving as well. Rather than the bottom line determining our giving, allow God to determine our giving. Look up first! Instead of a bottom line giver become a topline giver. Turning our eyes to Jesus will dim the things of earth, even the bottom line. So when you give, look up.