As I consider God’s desire in what to share on generosity this month, I’m keenly aware we face a struggle. If we put God first in our daily finances, will there be enough left?
We hear of the fulfilled Christian life and ask: “Should it be this hard?” “Should I feel this conflicted?” “Is this what God is asking of me?”
I get it. I feel your pain. As Dan and I studied God’s will for our giving, we felt scared and uncertain. Was it possible? Could we do it? But, in the midst of the struggle, God’s word guided us. He generously provided His plan for giving:
- Put God first.
- Serve others.
- God will provide for all your needs.
Jesus taught us the first two steps:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 NIV
God promised us step three in Malachi 3:10:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Once we know God’s plan, how can we not surrender? I want to encourage you today. If you’re looking to find peace in the struggle, live a more generous life and be a cheerful giver, just start today. Put God first in your finances. If you’re not to that point, may I share with you a few books I’ve found insightful:
“The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret to Joyful Giving” by Randy Alcorn
“How to Be Rich: It’s Not What You Have. It’s What You Do With What You Have” by Andy Stanley
“Generous Life Journey: The Road to Financial Freedom” by Gunnar Johnson
I would love to talk with you about these resources or any others you’ve discovered on your journey. Please share with me what God is doing in your heart.