Sorry for my lateness. I had some issues with time management this week but I finally posted! 🙂 I’ve been a Christian for about 17 years and I don’t recall hearing many teachings about giving. So I want to start a conversation about Biblical giving, I call it “The Giving Series” and this is Part 1. Today, I’m going to tell you about my experience wrestling with generosity.
This is a very important conversation for the Christian community. Yes, as a missionary it could be said that I have a vested interest in this subject. However, this is not about me – my confidence in my provision is in God. I’m talking about this because I see lack all over the church, her ministries and Christians themselves and it makes me sad. What we do with our money or anything else we treasure, determines what we really live for. And what we do with our money is determined by how we think about it. I’m starting this conversation with one goal in mind, encouraging you to give – to whatever! You and God know what you care about.
When I became a missionary, generosity and giving were two issues that God brought front and centre. I had to really depend on Him to provide my needs and He invited me to depend on Him through His children. He had given me grace to start this gloriously difficult journey but I still had obstacles to overcome. He was, and still is, teaching me to be increasingly dependent on and vulnerable with Him.
During the first couple months of my missions journey, the process exposed in me entitlement, self-righteousness and resentment (to name a few) because I didn’t understand that He has always been my source of ALL things, finances included. Recently I’ve begun to get it: my sustenance in all matters is secure because HE is my sustenance in all matters and HE is secure.
He’s also taught me that His faithfulness stands despite His method of delivery. Having been hurt by people (who hasn’t?), it was quite a leap of faith to depend on God in this way. I didn’t trust that God could move a human heart. His answer to that has been to redirect my gaze to Him and encourage me to keep it there.
I have decided to step out and give regards of my financial resources, because God is providing financial resources, even if I don’t see them yet. I’m entrenching myself into God’s economy – His ways of sowing and reaping. I’ve decided to join Him and sow into His Kingdom. I’ve committed to consistently giving but I’ve also committed to generous thinking. I’ve decided to live like I believe that if I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness then all things will be added unto me.
I’ve made a choice to not only believe God in the area of finances, money, generosity (pick your word) but to live like it. Really, that’s when you know what you believe, when you live by it despite the circumstances. As I’ve made this decision, I’m regularly asking God for grace to live by it because, by myself, it ain’t happening.
Next week, we’ll talk about Biblical giving, bible verses and all. As I close, here’s one scripture that I find super instructive: “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” (1 Tim. 6:17, NKJV)
Until next week,
Update: June 24, 2018
Hi, you may have visited this pst before and seen an IHOPU update here but I’ve changed a few things. I’ve moved the funding update that was in this spot to right here. Also, if you’d like more current updates of this IHOPU endeavour (and other trips I take in the future), please click here .
Bye for now 🙂