What MUST Change in 2013

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The richer we become, the less we give.

The richer we become, the less we give.

The richer we become, the less we give.

Those words, written by Ronald Sider, haunt me.

I simply cannot reconcile them with what I read in the New Testament.

Those words motivate me.

Those words break my heart.

Phrases like that are why I continue to write Money Help for Christians.

In 2013, my goal for you is not to double your retirement savings, but if it does, may that be for the glory of God.  My goal is not simply to help you get out of debt so you can celebrate by buying everyone you overlooked during your get out of debt phase.  My goal is that we’ll learn to embrace simple, frugal, and generous lifestyles for the sake of others and the glory of God.

We’ve given our lives to Christ, yet as we earn more money, we spend increasing amounts of it on ourselves.

This means our sense of what we deserve is increasing.  Our desire for more comfort continues to grow.

We’ve neglected sacrificial giving.

Can you name one thing in the last week that you didn’t buy, renew, or upgrade because you wanted to have more to give?

Generosity has nothing to do with the number of zeros at the end of a check.  It has to do with imitating Christ who, for our sakes, become poor (2 Cor. 8:9).

Chirst must be the center of our entire lives.  We must seek first the kingdom of God.

We must remain in his Will.

If not, we may, at some point, be deserving of a title similar to the ‘fat cows of Bashan’ (Amos 4:1).

The best stats say we give 4%. The worst say around 2%.

Teresa of Avila says:

Christ has no body on earth but yours,

no hands but yours,

no feet but yours

If that is true, then are we doing what he wishes for us to do?

Our lack of sacrificial giving is alarming.

Richard Stearns calls it the Hole in Our Gospel.  Ronad Sider calls it the Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.

We must be agents of change.

It’s time for us to rise up, to look deeply, and ask what more we can be doing for the kingdom.

May God bless you as you commit another year of service to him.  May God bring about the financial transformation he seeks in your life.


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