• Why We Struggle to Make Giving a Priority



By Art Rainer
March 22, 2019
From Pastor Barry:

I’m honored to share this incredible blog from my friend, Art Rainer, with you. Art is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and is a gifted writer and communicator. I recommend his books and his blogs, especially this one. Thanks, Art!

You can follow Art at: artrainer.com, @ArtRainer (Twitter), @artrainer1 (Facebook)


Give generously. Save wisely. Live appropriately.

This is the sequence that leads to financial health. It is also the sequence that aligns most closely with what we find in the Bible.

Unfortunately, most manage their finances in reverse—Live, save, give. Giving is for the leftovers. The idea of making generosity the priority of our finances is a struggle for many. Here are a few reasons why:

    1. We are not familiar with what the Bible says about giving. We are not aware of the Bible’s teaching on money and we have not spent enough time reading God’s Word to see what He says about it. So we miss out on the abundance of wisdom and direction found in the Bible on this important subject.

    2. We don’t feel like we make enough money to give. Some feel that generosity is an act reserved for the wealthy, those that have more than enough. What difference could our few dollars make anyway?

    3. We have loads of debt. Debt is a generosity killer. We are not able to live with open hands because they are chained to the credit card company. We feel the stress caused by living on the edge of a financial disaster. Paying our bills becomes the priority, not giving.

    4. We don’t trust the church. Our first place of generosity should be our local church. Unfortunately, we often withhold our giving for the church for a variety of reasons that boils down to a lack of trust. We don’t trust the leadership. We don’t trust the financial management. And we don’t trust the impact the church is making.

    5. We don’t trust God. We act as if God is not the owner of everything, and that He does not hold all the resources we will ever need in His hands. We don’t trust that He will take care of us, that He will give us those resources He holds. So we hold tightly to our money. Even though it was God who entrusted us with His resources, we don’t trust Him.

Give generously. Save wisely. Live appropriately.

God designed us, not to be hoarders, but conduits through which His generosity flows. The pattern found in our finances should be this—give generously, save wisely, and live appropriately.

Finding happiness and contentment in our financial picture starts with generosity. For the next five weeks, consider making generosity your financial priority. For the next few weeks, determine to align yourself with God’s design for you and your money.