Many times when one finds him or herself deep in debt, with no room in the budget for anything except the essentials such as food, water, shelter, etc. (no, football tickets and manicures are NOT essentials!), one will often ask, “Can I afford to be a giver when I’m financially on the edge?” One may also ask why is this guy writing this blog entry pretentiously referring to me as ‘one’?” The answer to the latter question is “one may never know”. The answer to the former question however is “yes, one CAN afford to continue giving, or even start giving for that matter.”
Is Your Life Like a Country Song?
“Yeah, that’s great Doc.” One might say in that redneck voice that everyone obtains when times are hard, “But I got no money and I’m drownin’ in debt, (cue the background country music) I done lost my J-O-B, they repossessed my muddin’ truck and their a comin’ fer the house next week. Does God really expect me to be a giver when I cain’t rub two lincolns together?” Yes, He does. His word doesn’t say to give out of your abundance, it doesn’t say to give if you can afford it, it just says to give.
I know it sounds counterintuitive, but keep reading.
Giving Changes Things
When you read the Bible, you find that God made us in His image, and if we know anything about God, we know that He’s a giver. In His word, giving is stressed again and again in verse after verse for one reason only; He wants us to be more like Him.
Why? So He can fulfill His promises toward us, to benefit others, and ultimately benefit ourselves.
When you give, the first thing that happens is that it changes your view (assuming you gave with the right attitude) of where it all comes from in the first place. You can see this in Psalms 24:1 where it says “The earth is His and the fullness thereof.” He wants us to recognize that it’s not all about us and it’s up to us to give back just a portion (a tithe or 10%) of what He has given us for the benefit of His kingdom and the world at large.
The other thing that giving does is that it causes God to bless us in return for making that sacrifice. It shows God’s promise clearly in Malachi 3:10 where it says “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this, if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing until it overflows.”
That, my friends, is a pretty sweet promise! We now have an overflow in a place that before was lacking!
I’ve Struggled With Giving
I’ll admit, I have struggled with this in the past. It can be very hard to step out in faith and believe that giving a part of what you have, whether it’s a little or a lot, is going to come back to you in multiple and multiplied ways. But I can tell you that it absolutely works, because I’ve been living it for many years now and the evidence of it is all over my life.
So if you are in a not so good financial situation, continue to give, or if you haven’t been giving, start.
If you’re just not sure about the tithing thing then do this: Start giving a smaller percentage (1%, 3%, 5% whatever) and see if it doesn’t start changing some things in your life, then you can work your way up from there.
Do it with the right attitude, out of love and sacrifice, no grumbling. Remember, there is always someone worse off than you. In fact there are over 1.4 Billion people on the planet who live on $1.25 or less per day according to the World Bank.
The Spiritual Math On Giving
When you are a giver, God WILL bless you. If you have gotten yourself in trouble financially, you’ll still have to work to correct that and be a better steward of what He has given you, but as long as you’re taking action you just may be surprised how He will make sure things begin falling your way.
In closing I want you to remember this short mathematical equation: B 90% > UB 100%, or to put it in English, “A blessed 90% is greater than an unblessed 100%.”
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