One of the things closest to my heart is seeing the lives of God’s people changed as they are touched by His grace and learn the joys of generous giving. Statistically, the sad fact is that most western Christians do not experience its joy. In fact, many unbelievers have discovered the relationship between giving and happiness that countless believers still do not understand.
Glorifying God in how we use His money and invest it in worthy ministries isn’t merely a duty; it’s a delight! Giving brings great happiness, and our happy God rejoices when our hearts celebrate. In the only statement of Jesus in the book of Acts that’s not in the Gospels, Jesus said, “It is more blessed [makarios, happy-making] to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). The grace of God is the lightning that produces in our lives the thunder of giving. Where God’s grace has truly touched our lives, generous giving will surely follow.
Several months ago, Spence and Tara Hackney, a dear couple who have been supporters of our ministry, came to Portland to attend a Theology of Happiness class I was teaching. During their time here, they graciously offered to share their story about how my books The Treasure Principle and Heaven have led them to find great happiness in giving. I think you’ll be encouraged as you hear how sending their treasure on ahead has brought them such delight:
We invite you to consider partnering with us in spreading the “good news of happiness” (Isaiah 52:7). If you’d like to be a part of the work EPM is doing to impact lives for eternity, learn more.