"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

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Planned Giving

When Israel turned its harvest produce into cash for celebrating the tithe, the people were commanded: 'bind the money in your hand' (Deut. 14:25). God's money must be safe from daily spending! Paul advised setting aside our gifts to God as part of the journey to generous giving (1 Cor. 16:2). Regular, planned giving helps us do the same.
Planned giving today might be by weekly envelopes, standing order, direct debit or by a dedicated charity account such as those from the Christian charitable company Stewardship. But planned giving is more than the method by which we make our gifts; it is being intentional about our giving rather than reacting to appeals or circumstances. As such, planned giving is essential to the practice of generosity. Paul sent three men ahead of him to ensure that the offering from Corinth would 'be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given' (2 Cor. 9:5). He knew the dangers of last-minute collections. The generosity to which we are called in Christ cannot be achieved if we are not disciplined and intentional about our giving.