Daring to be Extravagant
Trusting God with finances can be hard. But what happens when we trust Him and step out?
For some reason, trusting God with our finances often seems far more daunting than trusting Him with other areas of our lives. That being said, as with every part of our lives, I believe that God wants us to live in the best way possible regarding our finances. I have come to realize that His will for us is to live in blessing and abundance with our finances, rather than struggling to make ends meet and worrying whether we’ll have enough money to pay the bills.
Kingdom finances are such an integral part of Christian life — God doesn’t intend for any of us to live in poverty and He wants us to make full use of Kingdom resources to be the greatest blessing possible to the world around us.
One thing I’ve been realizing in my life over the last couple of years is how big the idol of “financial security” is in my life. So frequently I feel the voice of the Holy Spirit asking me to give, sow and to bless others financially, but all too often I find myself saying, “Can I really afford to do that? What will I have to sacrifice? Do I really have to give that much?”
“I believe that obedience is the most important lesson in finances for a Christian.”
It’s an incredibly important thing to be a good steward of money; personally, I don’t think you should get into debt by giving what you don’t have. But you, like me, might have found yourself using the excuse of “I have to steward my money responsibly” to cheekily get out of obeying God’s call to give! I believe that obedience is the most important lesson in finances for a Christian. Sometimes we have to choose to honor God over the idol of financial security by being obedient in our call to be extravagant givers. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t steward our money well — budgeting and saving are fantastic principles — but when God speaks, being obedient to Him trumps any of our earthly financial wisdom!
I was very much challenged on this last year. I am a university student and it’s very easy for me to get into the “I’m so poor, I have no money” poverty mindset! One Saturday, I’m sitting in a restaurant with a few friends and the Holy Spirit whispers to me, “Isaac, I want you to pay for that friend’s meal." My thoughts immediately rush to my dwindling bank balance and several impending bill payments. I begin to justify my reaction.
“Lord, I would love to do that,” I tell Him, “but things are a little tight at the moment and I don’t think that’s the best idea.” I hear the Holy Spirit laughing and then I realize I’ve just told God that I think I know better than He does. I then made a decision to “make fear bow”. I decided to pay not just for that one friend’s meal, but for everybody else’s as well.
“I have seen countless people blessed in wonderful ways when I have chosen to make my fear bow and be obedience with my money.”
In that scenario I had a choice to make: to be obedient and honor God above the idol of financial security. And then, I had the choice to take it even further. I really put my money where my mouth was and decided to give extravagantly, to make an active declaration of faith in my Father’s ability to provide.
I believe that taking a step of faith on top of obedience like this really puts the power of faith into action, and I have seen countless people blessed in wonderful ways when I have chosen to make my fear bow and be obedience with my money.
So I challenge you to consider: Is financial security an idol in my heart that I need to lay down? And if so: How can I make my fear bow down and choose to be obedient in blessing others financially?
I can’t wait to hear stories of how Heaven backed up its words!