2 Corinthians 9:7 – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Fairly recently the church had our Local Church Conference, where we all got together, voted on stuff, and fun was had by all. During this Local Church Conference, we voted on a budget, and there was unanimous approval for the budget. The requirement for the budget to be met is that the church needs $13,000 every month in order to meet that budget. And yeah, I know that seems like a lot. But here is the thing. It’s really not, we can trust that God will provide by working through each of us to support his ministry.
I’m the kind of person that gets really stressed or confused when money is involved. I look at that figure and I start to get a little sweaty, maybe you’re like me when it comes to figures like that! I even get that way when I look at my own finances! I can get so worked up and stressful when thinking about money that I forget that the whole point of money is to glorify and trust God. I know that our culture doesn’t view finances that way in the slightest but that’s what Scripture says. Jesus says to trust him with our finances, when society is screaming at us that there is no way that we should be giving generously, that instead we should be holding on to our money tightly!
God knows about our financial burdens and difficulties. We freely claim that he knows about everything else, yet we seem to conveniently overlook trusting God when it comes to our finances. Here’s the kicker, we know that we can turn to God and trust him when it comes to any other area of our life and we know that he is going to work. So why do we struggle so much when it comes to our finances? I’m not getting onto anyone here because I’m in the same boat! I’m working on this as well! We all need to trust God more. Let’s commit to trusting God to work not only in every other aspect of our lives, but in our finances as well. Will you grow with me as we learn and commit to giving generously?