This week I’ve traded over 50 emails with Christians who have a personal relationship with Jesus, but are struggling with giving.
They’ve asked me some tough questions:
“What if I can’t afford to be generous?”
“How do I start giving if I’m strapped with debt?”
“I’m living paycheck to paycheck. What’s your advice to me?”
First understand this:
I promise that wasn’t a callous statement. Let me explain.
To grow in your personal generosity, you’ll have to take some uncomfortable (possibly even scary) steps of faith.
I wrote a post about the “4 Stages of Giving” that I believe all Christians experience on the road to generosity.
Every generous Christian experiences doubt and fear in their giving from time to time.
But did you know that giving is the only place in the Bible where God openly challenges you to “Test Him?”
If you want to become more generous, here are 3 simple steps.
3 Simple Steps to Become More Generous
Get Out of Debt.
The average American has $15k in credit card debt, $150k in mortgage debt, and $32k in student loans…and it’s crushing them.
Perhaps I just described your exact situation.
It’s a 9-week course (90 minutes per week) that teaches you how to make a budget, live within your means, and begin digging your way out of debt.
The average person that attends Financial Peace University pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 within the first 90 days…that’s an $8,000 swing.
If you’re in debt, this is a class that you can’t afford NOT to take.
If you’re a pastor or church leader reading this, what’s holding you back from hosting this class at your church?
If you want your members to grow in their generosity, help them get out of debt.
Show people you want something FOR them, not just something FROM them. Continue Reading…