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Todd Isberner
ShareMedia Services

What God Does When his PEOPLE Give





As I travel across America helping Christian radio and ministries raise money for their causes, I am always amazed at the generosity of people who love God.  Christians give.  And when they do, lives are changed. The unexpected blessing of giving is the life change that happens in the heart of the giver.  I see four specific changes occur when a person commits to biblical giving. Maybe you have seen these too.


A giver learns to tune in to God’s desires.


Centuries ago God instructed Moses to collect on offering so that a place of worship could be constructed.  You can read about it in Exodus 35 and 36.  God specifically said that He wanted the offerings of people “whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing” (Exodus 35:21). 


People who are “stirred” to give are people who see what God is doing and understand the need and then give with a willing heart.  They have discovered the excitement that comes from tuning in to God’s desires.  When they see what He’s doing – they give!


Stations and ministries that clearly articulate what they are doing tend to see higher response in their fundraising.


A giver experiences deep joy.


When King David wanted to take up a collection so his son Solomon could build a temple for God, it became a national event with people joyfully bringing all kinds of gifts and treasures.  “The people rejoiced…for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord” (1 Chronicles 29:9). 


We read how the joy they experienced was contagious as people joined in to do something for God together.  When people give, their joy increases.


When a donor calls in with their pledge or gift, you can hear it in their voice. They truly are joyful.


A giver inspires other people.


A quiet revolution takes place when we give with devotion – we inspire others. 


During the first century a group of Christians in Macedonia heard of the need of God’s people in Jerusalem.  Even though many of them had needs of their own, they resolutely gave.  What they received in return was something they did not expect.  They inspired people all over the region to give and fill hearts with gratefulness to God.  You can read about it in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. 


One of the most effective ways to “tell the story” is the donor testimonial. Stations and ministries that achieve their fundraising goals use them effectively to motivate others.


A giver knows satisfaction.


Biblical givers are people who have been moved by God in the quiet place of the heart.  They have detected His pleasure and enjoy receiving it.  When people give, they reflect God’s own heart of giving.  “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16).  “I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name…will certainly not lose his reward” (Mark 9:41). 


Satisfaction that results from giving God’s way brings about confidence, contentment and faith. Not only that, but we see examples of people whose faith pledges and gifts were “returned” to them in miraculous and surprising ways. 


This fall watch for these changes to occur in your listeners, your donors and your team. The Lord indeed loves a cheerful giver. It starts with you.


Todd Isberner is president of ShareMedia Services, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in fund raising for listener supported Christian radio and faith-based ministries.  Since 1975, ShareMedia has produced and hosted over 3,500 fund raising broadcasts, raising over $1 billion for radio and ministry.