Therein lies the purpose for such a practice, namely to bring our lives more fully under God’s reign and rule by placing Him first. Almsgiving may also serve as a valuable discovery tool in our lives and routines as well. For example, giving up a cup of Starbucks coffee on the way to work each day can easily amount to $150 a month in savings, and forgoing lunch out each day can amount to even more. At times we may not realize how much small items add up, and how much of an impact small sacrifices could make in the advancement of the Gospel.
Choosing to set the aside money we would have spent on something during this season can have a bigger impact than you may imagine. Returning to our Starbucks example, the amount of $150 spent for coffee would provide an entire month’s salary for a pastor in Africa or 1/5 of the annual support needed to invest in a life at La Gran Familia orphanage in Mexico. It may also be the amount needed in the life of someone in our community who is out of work to keep them from eviction or help them keep the lights on another month. Call or email the church office if you’d like to chat more about what you could place such an offering toward at the end of these forty days.
Almsgiving is yet another practice to help us refocus upon what matters most as we give beyond our normal offering to the Lord. It also provides a way to simplify and to bring to our awareness where our resources go and perhaps the excess we have. May God use this season to draw our hearts closer to His in this area of our lives.