GIG? Financial stewardship? What do you mean by these? Is it about giving monetary help to the community? Why do we need to do it? What is it for? Is it necessary in order to become a faithful member of our community? These, maybe, are some of the questions our community servants may have been bombarded with when it comes to discussing this specific matter. These are some of the questions that may not be answered thoroughly. Let me have a brief discussion of this certain topic. But before that, let us have some “definition of terms” first.
GIG stands for God Is Generous
-While our parents in the couples section are having their tithes remitted monthly, we in MFC Youth section implement and encourage every covenanted member to GIG
-GIG is the “modern-day” tithing that our community is currently implementing for both the youth and the singles sections
–Tithing refers to giving a portion of your financial resources as a means of support to the body of Christ
Stewardship, on the other hand, according to yourdictionary.com means taking care of something like a large household, the arrangements for a group, or the resources of a community. So basically, GIG or financial stewardship is about giving a part of the treasures that we have for the community.
This may be one of the most avoided and most forgotten topics in our households, meetings, and assemblies, most especially whenever our household servants would start to ask “NagGIG ka na ba?” (Have you remitted your GIG already?)
So why is it important to have our GIG remitted monthly to our household servants? First and foremost, GIG helps us understand the importance of giving. I can still remember the times in the past when I struggled with remitting my monthly GIG to my household servant. This is mainly because I have this fear in my heart that if I give, a part of what I have will be lost and that it will not be reciprocated with the same value. But surprisingly, remitting my GIG made me realize that it is in giving that we receive so much joy and fulfillment in our hearts. As one of the sayings goes: Happiness is so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. What I give in GIG may not be reciprocated with tangible things, but I know that when I give, fulfillment dwells in my heart. It also helps me grasp the fact that we do not own anything in this world. Everything that we have and everything that we own comes from an ever generous and ever-loving God. So, the question is, who am I not to give when in the first place, what I have is not my own?
Secondly, remitting our GIG monthly helps our mission to make all youth know Christ to be more attainable to those who live in the provinces especially those from the far-flung areas. I have been to some distant and poor provinces here in our country and I can truly say that many young people are in need of missionaries to help them be inspired by the fact that no matter how difficult life is, there is a God who constantly loves them. Our GIG literally funds the mission work and makes it accessible to the last, the lost, and the least.
With all these being said, our sense of giving will not solely define the commitment that we have in our community. However, in faithfully giving as much as 20 pesos monthly or how much our heart has decided to give, know that the treasure that we have shared will go a long way in spreading how great and how loving our God is.
Kim Paalan was a Mission Volunteer of MFC Youth that served in the Luzon Missions Team.