The Gospel calls us to live generously. If you’re like me, you’ve struggled with this. Many of us don’t mind giving advice, our opinion, or the road-rage-glare when someone cuts us off in traffic, but when it comes to giving “our” money, we can be far less generous.
Earlier this year, Kelli and I both experienced some heart change in the area of financial generosity. We were blowing through money like crazy and had no plan except to spend it. We were also struggling financially. Having enough of that, we decided we needed to change. We got on a budget and God revealed to us how much He had been giving us all along that we were just throwing away. Through the process of learning how to manage what God has given us, we no longer give out of obligation, but because Jesus has changed our lives and we can’t help but give back to him.
I know we tend to get a little antsy when generosity or money is brought up in church, but why? Why do we get uncomfortable? Is it because we are selfish? Probably a little. Or is it because we aren’t really living in the life changing power of Jesus? Jesus gave His life for us, not just the money we put in the offering plate. When you encounter Jesus, everything changes.
While you wrestle with this throughout your busy week, here are some songs you can use as prayers to begin conversation with God about your heart when it comes to giving: