If someone asked you to describe the financial choices and spending habits of a sold-out, revival-hearted Christian, what words would you use? Here are a few I’m sure you’re thinking of: sacrificial, unselfish, generous, purposeful, responsible, cheerful, trusting, obedient, and transcendent. Here are a few that are not coming to mind: self-indulgent, miserly, impetuous, reckless, grudging, independent, rebellious, and myopic.
In the early years of the church, the first list of words described the Christian community. They had very little and gave away most of the little they had. They were primarily members of the “left-out” community. If they were one of the privileged few who came to Christ, they were known for the amounts of money they gave away, not the portion that they kept.
Today the embarrassing words of the second list could explain the financial attitudes of too many of us. We drive luxury cars and spacious SUV’s, live in expansive homes in the suburbs, eat in the top restaurants, play on premium golf courses, shop in trendy stores, cruise the seas and fly with the beautiful people to faraway places while most of our churches struggle to meet bare-bones budgets and cross-cultural Christian workers live hand to mouth.
Empty-Handed Arrivals in Heaven