umm... ANY ACTION YET?
Seeing the last Message was: "We Can Do It, We Can!" - may I be bold enough to ask (shhh!), "Well, DID YOU?" (You know what "Put it off" means, don't you? - mostly: "Never get around to it!" *wry smile*) But do I really understand the difficulties of: Church Giving, Hubbies and Wives, Christian with unbeliever, Hubbies who wrongly think GOD put them in charge of the whole show, or even just the money? YES, I DO!!
SOME PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
So if you're in a situation of not having free access to money to give, what can you do? You can at least start praying to the Lord for help to change your attitude to riches, so that they don't come ahead of Him, i.e., start towards giving up Worldly Desires. Then you can start bearing more fruit in your life!! MATTHEW 13:22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. What a great Word from Jesus! And maybe you can still save a few bucks or more a month by going without - and simply give that to the Lord to use for others (we always give monthly - helps keep us on track!)
You may be able to 'negotiate' with hubby to allow you to give some money to those who ARE in need! Truthfully small or smallish amounts will hardly EVER make a sad difference to your financial state (you've probably noticed how we can suddenly "find" money for something we've decided we WANT!!! - BUT STRANGELY NOT FOR THE LORD OR OTHERS!!!) If you're a full Christian family, you can maybe co-opt your kids into the whole giving thing. So instead of Big Macs we give THAT money to some Dalits! With the right approach this can become AMAZINGLY wonderful for them, for you, AND for the needy!
HOW TO GIVE!
American Christians possibly TITHE to your church more than any other country! You've been taught this for virtually centuries. But you neither have to tithe (this is NOT New Testament teaching - check this Message) NOR give it to your church. Rather: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. Become a cheerful giver!!! Give some money to your church, but remember earlier how I said that Western Churches give just a shocking 0.05% of their resources into the high needs in 10/40 Window!!! I'm absolutely CERTAIN that it's up to you and me to try and remedy that a little -helping just ONE at a time!
I hope some of those ideas may help for these important aspects of our Christian walk!
- BM and Mrs