It’s worth being aware of the many reasons we Christians (myself included) come up with to justify being all “I love JESUS!” with our mouths, but all “I can’t give money”. You’ve probably heard the line, “the last part of a man to be converted is his wallet”.
Here’s some reasons that might going on in people’s hearts…
- “I don’t feel led to give at the moment”
= being obedient to Jesus isn’t enough for me, I want him to make me feel good about it too, OR
= I’m not a christian, OR
= My church hasn’t worked hard enough to prove to me why I should give them my money, OR
= I think my money is mine, not God’s.
- “I don’t have much money to give at the moment”
= Jesus won’t be pleased with me unless I can give lots, OR
= I won’t be pleased with myself unless I can give lots, OR
= I’m waiting for God to give me more money, because he wouldn’t want me to part with any of this, OR
= I’m actually starving, I have no money, and I don’t know where I’m going to get money from in the next month.
- “I give to other things, rather than my church”
= I want to disassociate myself from this group of people; I’ll attend, but that’s all, OR
= I don’t see why my church needs my money, I think it’s operating fine without mine, OR
= Other people can give to my church, and no-one will know I don’t, OR
= Other churches/ministries need it more than my church, even though the bible says I should give to my church (i.e. I disagree with God).